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Constructed during early settlement by a supervisor of colonial convicts, at the very epicentre of the market gardens which serviced Hobart, Clarence House is a heritage listed manor which remains largely unaltered since the 1830s. It passed through several hands before being acquired by the Kilpatricks in 1993, who answered the call of Bacchus and established the grounds to vine. There are now sixteen hectares of viticulture, several significant Burgundy clones of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, with smaller plantings of Sauvignon and Pinot Blanc, Merlot, Cabernet and Tempranillo. What's most unique about the Clarence House vineyards are the soils and topography, a number of northeast slopes which catch the early sun yet shade the vines from afternoon heat. A natural endowment of rich Jurassic soils which impart wonderful mineral characters and textures into the finished wines. Limited yields of immaculate fruit, artisanal winemaking by leading vignerons of the apple isle, a no expense spared approach in the elevage and quality of oak, the wines of Clarence House are a treat for enthusiasts on a quest to procure the elusive vintages of an original Van Diemen's Chateau... Heirlooms of a hobart homestead»

Water Wheel Chardonnay CONFIRM VINTAGE

Chardonnay Bendigo Vic Victoria
Water Wheel is situated at Bridgewater -On- Loddon under the shadow of the historic water powered Water Wheel Flour Mill, surrounded by hectares of thriving vines. One of the Bendigo region's most eminent farming dynasties acquired the estate in the late 1980s and embarked on a program of planting vines, installing new facilities, employing a highly skilled winemaking team and introducing a major new oak regimen. Dividends have arrived in the form of conspicuous award winning wines, meritorious accolades and superlative Chardonnay.
Available by the dozen
Case of 12
$215.00
Vines are hedged trellised, exposing the grapes to the sun, achieving maximum ripeness, white wine grapes are planted to lighter, better drained soils. All vines are irrigated from the nearby Loddon river with ground level mini sprays. Chardonnay is treated to an extravagant barrel fermentation in French and American oak hogsheads. Upon completion, batches are held for a term of lees stirring on a weekly basis, achieving complexity, good mouthfeel and luxurious textures. The finished wine is protein and cold stabilized prior to filtration and bottling, a state of the art bentonite fining for protein stability.
Lemon gold hues. On the nose there are obvious stone fruit characters with some subtle cashew and vanilla aromas also showing. The palate is complex with peach and pear flavours apparent. There is a smooth and creamy mid palate balanced by subtle, integrated oak and lees complexity, followed by a clean and persistent finish. Perfect alongside seafood risotto, shucked oysters or tuna pappardelle.
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