Chardonnay Launceston Tasmania
Josef Chromy has been instrumental in the development of the Tasmanian wine industry. He still insists on working alongside his viticultural team and keeps close tabs on every aspect of the vinification. A discerning collation of fruit, hand picked off superior blocks of vine planted to the most splendid Launceston terroirs, are assembled into a fully endowed Chardonnay with exquisite barrel ferment and lees stirring richness, a cheesy, complex wine to savour alongside gourmandise truffle risotto, veal and succulent game meats.
Tasmania's cool climate viticulture provides many challenges, it inspires the Josef Chromy vineyard team who are already driven by a consuming desire to produce Chardonnay of the highest quality and profound intensity. Grapes are all hand picked off vines grown to the Josef Chromy estate property at Relbia in Tasmania's north. Fruit is pressed directly into oak barrels, without the traditional cold settling or separation of musts. A course of barrel ferments are stirred weekly to improve texture, infuse palate weight and add complexity. Components are treated to a year's maturation in a selection of seasoned and new French oak barriques before assembling into the finished wine. Alcohol 13.5%
Pale green straw hue. White nectarine nose with hints of toasted crushed nuts, softened by the creaminess of barrel stirring. Fleshy white fruits make immediate impact onto the palate, high acidity balancing to give length and persistence. French oak adds support to the fruit and enriches the structure. A match to full flavoured fish and rich poultry dishes, especially white roasts.