Riesling Coal Valley Tasmania
Everything about the wines from this artisanal estate is an achievement of the most exacting hands on viticulture, ultimately very small batch in production. A very special site at the estuary of Coal River Valley is the source of its exquisite fruit, a superior parcel of Chardonnay called Old Block and established 1991, yields a harvest every year of the best tasing grapes in the entire vineyard. Generously proportioned with apple isle stonefruits and a judicious measure of French oak, the Chardonnay of choice to accompany foie gras or white meat terrine.
The Coal Vineyard team work to the objective of harvests with the most exquisite varietal eloquence and well defined Tasmanian regionality. Sustainable viticulture and love of the vine are essential, Todd and Gill hand prune and shoot thin each individual planting as they aim for perfection. All grapes are hand picked and hand selected off the vines to produce single site Coal Valley vintages. The site itself is world class but realizing the full potential from the splendid terroir demands uncompromising attention to detail. Old Block Chardonnay is fermented in two separate parcels, each inoculated to a choice strain of yeast to achieve engaging complexity of flavour, followed by eight months maturation in French oak barrels.
Light golden straw hue. Stone fruit and citrus aromas, seasoned by custard apple spice and hints of toasty oak. The palate is silky smooth, layered with sweet apricot caramel flavours, supported by lemon rind acidity and framed by fragrant fig vanilla oak. A magical twilight aperitif, enjoy with marinated char grilled quail or the perfect crisp skin chicken.