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Wineglass Bay Louis Tasmanian Chardonnay 2018

White Wine from Australia - Tasmania
Crisp, smart white from the producers of our Exhibition Tasmanian Chardonnay. Claudio Radenti has been a pioneer of modern Tasmanian wine and has a raw natural talent for reflecting the island's unique terroir in the glass. This is crisp, textural and fresh Australian chardonnay, with flinty complexity and superb length.
Price: £14.50 Bottle
Price: £174.00 Case of 12
In Stock
Code: AU23841

Wine characteristics

  • White Wine
  • Dry
  • Chardonnay
  • 13.5% Alcohol
  • Oak used but not v. noticeable
  • Now to 2025
  • 75cl
  • Screwcap

Tasmania

A place of beautiful landscapes, this quaint island is separated from mainland Australia by the 240km stretch of the Bass Strait, and is a wine lover's and fisherman's dream. Boasting some of the world's finest seafood, its temperate climate makes it Australia's coolest wine producing region. As would be expected, sparkling wine, riesling and chardonnay thrive in Tasmania, but pinot noir can be exceptional, with a delicacy and lift often lacking in wines from the mainland.

The vineyards are in the main part clustered close to the two major urban areas, the state capital Hobart in the south and Launceston in the north, though there are no geographical demarcations within the island and no matter where the grapes come from the wine is labelled ‘Tasmania’.

The west coast of Tasmania is one of the wettest parts of Australia, but the area around Hobart is one of its driest and all the commercial vineyards sit in the east. The Coal River, Huon Valley and Derwent Valley areas embrace Hobart...
A place of beautiful landscapes, this quaint island is separated from mainland Australia by the 240km stretch of the Bass Strait, and is a wine lover's and fisherman's dream. Boasting some of the world's finest seafood, its temperate climate makes it Australia's coolest wine producing region. As would be expected, sparkling wine, riesling and chardonnay thrive in Tasmania, but pinot noir can be exceptional, with a delicacy and lift often lacking in wines from the mainland.

The vineyards are in the main part clustered close to the two major urban areas, the state capital Hobart in the south and Launceston in the north, though there are no geographical demarcations within the island and no matter where the grapes come from the wine is labelled ‘Tasmania’.

The west coast of Tasmania is one of the wettest parts of Australia, but the area around Hobart is one of its driest and all the commercial vineyards sit in the east. The Coal River, Huon Valley and Derwent Valley areas embrace Hobart and are warmer and drier than other vineyard zones, and the Coal River sometimes requires irrigation. Around Launceston in the north the Tamar and Piper’s River areas are cooler, though Tamar is warmer than Piper’s Brook to the extent that it is not considered ideal for pinot noir plantings. The bottom line is that it is not easy to pigeonhole the larger areas of Tasmania and one is required to zoom in to examine districts and even vineyards. The geography and climate is complex and there are bound to be even more improvement as growers, especially those new to the island, get to grips with the variety of terroirs and the wonderful possibilities they offer.
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Freycinet Vineyard

In the 1970s, Susan and Geoff Bull bought and replanted some vineyards overlooking the stunning Freycinet Peninsula, and Freycinet Wines was born. Today the estate is run by their daughter Lindy and her husband Claudio Radenti, who between them have several years’ winemaking experience across France and New Zealand, as well as at respected Australian estates such as Tyrrell’s.

Freycinet’s 15 hectares of sloping vineyards are situated just 20km from the east coast of Tasmania where the climate can produce wines that are ripe without being overblown. The vineyards are located in a sort of amphitheatre: they nestle in a valley that both protects them from the winds and acts as a heat trap when the sun shines. At around four hectares, chardonnay makes up the biggest portion of the vines.

Lindy and Claudio aim for medium yields of fully ripened, healthy fruit, which means there is a lot of work to be done in the vineyards: from pruning to thinning out the leaves and positioning the shoots. The grapes are also hand picked to ensure the highest levels of quality control possible.

The estate’s winery might appear rustic, but it is packed full of state-of-the-art machinery. As head winemaker, Claudio produces a formidable range including highly sought-after chardonnay and pinot noir of striking minerality. These wines are in high demand Down Under, thanks to their greater restraint and finesse than many examples from the Australian mainland. In 2005, after more than a decade of...
In the 1970s, Susan and Geoff Bull bought and replanted some vineyards overlooking the stunning Freycinet Peninsula, and Freycinet Wines was born. Today the estate is run by their daughter Lindy and her husband Claudio Radenti, who between them have several years’ winemaking experience across France and New Zealand, as well as at respected Australian estates such as Tyrrell’s.

Freycinet’s 15 hectares of sloping vineyards are situated just 20km from the east coast of Tasmania where the climate can produce wines that are ripe without being overblown. The vineyards are located in a sort of amphitheatre: they nestle in a valley that both protects them from the winds and acts as a heat trap when the sun shines. At around four hectares, chardonnay makes up the biggest portion of the vines.

Lindy and Claudio aim for medium yields of fully ripened, healthy fruit, which means there is a lot of work to be done in the vineyards: from pruning to thinning out the leaves and positioning the shoots. The grapes are also hand picked to ensure the highest levels of quality control possible.

The estate’s winery might appear rustic, but it is packed full of state-of-the-art machinery. As head winemaker, Claudio produces a formidable range including highly sought-after chardonnay and pinot noir of striking minerality. These wines are in high demand Down Under, thanks to their greater restraint and finesse than many examples from the Australian mainland. In 2005, after more than a decade of experimentation, the decision was made to convert the entire Freycinet range to screwcap closures.

The Society’s Exhibition Tasmanian Chardonnay is sourced from Freycinet. It is a stylish example which demonstrates the sheer quality of this producer’s wines with its peachy fruit, impeccable balance and mouthwatering finish.
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