Current Vintage: 2018
Meadowbank's 30-year-old Chardonnay vines are rooted in the Derwent Valley's loose sand and sandstone, which overlies dark brown, coffee rock, rich in iron oxides. It's what our gum-booted winegrower friends might call "quality dirt". The 2018 was hand-picked and whole-cluster pressed directly to eight French barriques (only one was new).
The wine underwent partial malo and spent the following nine months in barrel on lees. Bottled without fining or filtration, the new vintage is focused and chiselled, super tangy and pithy, with layers of citrus, nectarine, lemon curd and a dusting of candied nuts. The personality is driven by mouth-watering, punchy, cool-climate acidity, while the first-rate winemaking brings out some layered seduction. All class.
Just two hours North West of Hobart, you’ll be met with pristine rolling hills, glorious countryside and numerous photo opportunities in Derwent Valley. The cool climate brought on by the icy antarctic winds coming off the Tasman Sea and North East facing hillsides make the valley a prime wine growing region.
Much like broader Tasmania, you can expect to find fantastic Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Rieslings and maybe even some Gris! The valley is growing in esteem as the produce in this region is beginning to rival world renowned Pinot Noir growing countries like Oregon and Otago. Fresh and fruity wines in abundance, we cannot speak more highly of the Derwent Valley.
"White nectarine, ripe lemon, oatmeal and fennel seeds. Tight, light, frisky acidity, good flavour, almond and white peach, white powder texture, lemon and spice on a long cool finish. Quiet, but intense. Time will likely be kind." 94 points, Gary Walsh, The Wine Front