Sailor Seeks Horse One Monkey Chardonnay 2019
Unlike the 2020 bushfires ravaging mainland Australia, Tasmania had their fair of smoke and bushfire issues in 2019. A month of thick smoke blanketed their vineyard and before the harvest could even start, it was over. Luckily the vineyard was not lost but the 2019 vintage from their Huon vineyard was gone. Rather than calling it a day, the sought help from friends and other vineyards across the island, and for this deliciously elegant Chardonnay, they sourced fruit from Clover Hill, Ghost Rock, and Tolpuddle!
The wine was whole-bunch pressed to a mixture of barriques, hogsheads and a puncheon with a small amount of new oak. It was then barrel-fermented with some parts going through malolactic fermentation. After sulphuring and being left on full lees for a year, the wine was filtered but unfined and we produced about 3300 bottles.
There is a delicacy and fine acid line to this wine that makes it tight and poised. It isn’t a Chardonnay for the more traditional ‘sunshine in a glass’ lovers.
The Finer Details
Style - White Wine
Varietal - Chardonnay
Country - Australia
Region - Tasmania
Vintage - 2019
Bottle Size - 750ml
ABV - 13.2%