2017 Cape Bernier Estate Tasmanian Chardonnay

2017 Cape Bernier Estate Tasmanian Chardonnay


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.

Expert Reviews

93 Points - James Halliday - Halliday's Wine CompanionMatured for 9 months in French oak. Has picked up colour very quickly, although it is bright; the balance of the fruit, oak and above all else, the acidity can be a problem with Tasmanian chardonnays when they run their own race - here it is integrated with white peach and melon fruit, which has a faintly honeyed finish. Attractive wine.
92 Points - Huon Hooke - The Real ReviewMedium-yellow colour, seeming forward-developed. The bouquet is rich, oaky and layered, with nicely judged sulfides and some smoked-chicken nuances. Nice toasty wine, liberal oak but balanced.
91 Points - Toni Paterson MW - The Real ReviewSoft fruit plus a touch of beeswax. The palate is deliciously intense with stone fruit and sweet lemon butter flavours, plus a little spice. The longer the wine is open, the better it gets
Mike Bennie - The Wine FrontA 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.

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Cape Bernier
Southern Tasmania
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How was it made?

Chardonnay is one of the classic Burgundian varieties and produces some of the worlds finest white wines. It is also one of the mostly widely planted varieties in Australia though it is the cool climate Chardonnays that produce the crispest and most refreshing of the style. The Chardonnay at Cape Bernier benefits from the cool but frost free conditions of their site that produce one of Tasmania’s finest Chardonnays. It is also the key ingredient in some of their fine sparkling wines.

Cape Bernier's table Chardonnay is small batch and only made in the very best years.

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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