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Journeys : Dec Jan 2010
Chardonnay in Australia is changing. Chardonnay in Tasmania is changing. We sometimes can be swept away with the bu zz of Sauvignon Blanc sales to the extent that the varieties Chardonnay and Riesling no longer seem relevant. However several Tasmanian winemakers are challenging the norms of Chardonnay and Riesling production and they are coming up trumps. Julian Alcorso, Managing Director and Senior Winemaker, Winemaking Tasmania has been working on a five year experimentation plan with Chardonnay and agrees that the way we are making Chardonnay needs to change. No longer wood dominated or buttery styles with excessive butterscotch characters but using malolactic and wild fer mentations in part, if not fully, so that the resultant wine will have a reduction in primary fr uit characters but complex long, layered palates. This is something the best French white Burgundies have been able to achieve for a long time. Tasmania is naturally endowed with prime quality Pinot Noir and Chardonnay fr uit. Gerald Ellis, the Managing Director of Meadowbank Vineyard, says "there is nothing better than good barrel aged Chardonnay, probably the most undervalued wine in Australia and Tasmanian fr uit is considered amongst the best in Australia for this type of wine as bor ne out by the Eileen Hardy and Yattar na Chardonnays all having significant Tasmanian fruit in them". Dr. Andrew Pirie, CEO of Tamar Ridge Wines believes that Chardonnay in Australia is restricting to cooler regions such as Tasmania. Grow n in the right areas and getting the oak right, and learning to handle the oxidative and malolactic processes well are key factors. The good message is spreading throughout our winemaking industry so now is the time to have that glass of Chardonnay! We have been able to compile a mixed case of excellent Tasmanian Chardonnays for Chardonnay lovers to try. David Johnstone, SJW, Senior Judge of Wine PHONE ORDERS: 6234 8003 (9.00am -- 6.00pm Monday -- Saturday, message service available) FAX ORDERS: 6234 9977 POSTAL ORDERS: 201 Collins Street, Hobart. 7000 Quantity Product Price / Dozen Total Quaffer's Dozen $89.00 Shack Pack $159.00 Tasmanian Chardonnay $349.00 Free delivery within Tasmania. For other areas, please contact us. Grand Total $ Offer valid until 31 January 2010. While stocks last. If stock becomes unavailable we may elect to make an alternative offer available to RACT Wine Club Members. Orders not accepted from persons under 18 years of age. I certify that I am over 18 years of age. Signed: Date Name: RACT Membership No: Delivery Address: Pcode: Phone: (B/H) Phone (A /H) Delivery Instr uctions (e.g. If not home, leave at back door etc.): Payment details: Bankcard Visa Mastercard Amex Cheque (Payable to R ACT Wine Club) Credit Card Number Expiry Date: Name on Card: Signature: RACT WINE CLUB Order Form How often would you like to receive wines? Just this once Monthly Bi-monthly Quarterly. Would you like to receive a monthly R ACT Wine Club email newsletter, detailing offers and events? Email Address: Quaffer's Dozen $89.00 Affordable, approachable wines for your everyday drinking pleasure. Three bottles each of RACT Semillon Sauvignon Blanc RACT Cabernet Merlot Terra Felix Chardonnay Poker Face Shiraz Tasmanian Chardonnay Dozen - $349 Two bottles each of 2008 Der went Estate 2008 Cape Ber nier 2008 Freycinet 2005 Meadowbank Grace Elizabeth 2008 Tamar Ridge 2006 Josef Chromy Zdar Win Order any dozen bottles of wine from the RACT Wine Club before 17 December 2009 and you could win ten dozen wines worth approximately $3000 for your cellar. The winner will be drawn on Thursday 17 December 2009. The Rise of Chardonnay Shack Pack $159.00 Three bottles each of Leconfield Syn Cuvee Richland Sauvignon Blanc Sophies Bridge Caber net Merlot Stump Jump GSM December 09 / January 10 52
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