2017 Cape Bernier Estate Tasmanian Chardonnay
Made only in the best vintages, this delivers complexity and flavour thanks to multiple different Chardonnay clones.
A fleshy, fuller figured chardonnay of popcorn, buttery toast, ripe apple and pawpaw characters in bouquet and palate. Flavours are quite overt, it’s a slip and slide of oily fruit and faint savouriness. The finish is fleshy, open and soft. It’s good if you like golden-sunshiney chardonnay styles no doubt. 88 points - Mike Bennie
How’s it taste?
Of all the Cape Bernier wines, the Chardonnay is the least common. A Chardonnay rarity, but one we want to see much much more of, with the power you see in East Coast Tassie, but that acidity? Gee. It's so impressive.
Who made it?
Cape Bernier Vineyard was awarded "Tasmanian Vineyard of the Year 2010" for excellence in viticulture and vineyard management. Awarded by Royal Agricultural Society of Tasmania, it is judged by an expert panel comprising both leading viticulturists and researchers. The underlying Cape Bernier winemaking philosophy is that "great wines are made in the vineyard." Cape Bernier Vineyard has four hectares under vine and is situated at Bream Creek on Tasmania's east coast overlooking historic Marion Bay. The climate and location of the site largely determine the selection of varietals, with the emphasis on Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The aim of Cape Bernier Vineyard is to produce wines of the very highest quality which reflect the unique terrroir of the site. The Cape Bernier wines are classic examples of what can be achieved when Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay are grown in a genuinely cool climate. Cape Bernier Pinot Noir is the flagship wine in the range of products, followed by a Bordeaux blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot and a Pinot Noir Rose. The Chardonnay is the more serious of the whites with the Pinot Gris being the first wine of each vintage.
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