2018 Uplands Chardonnay $40
Silver Medal in the 2019 Royal Hobart Wine Show in a class of 109 entries. Bronze Medal in 2020 Tasmanian Wine Show.
The Coal River Valley produces some of Australia’s finest Chardonnay. Tasmania’s most awarded Chardonnay – Riversdale Estate’s Crater – is located just down the road. Not far beyond is Tolpuddle, currently a sensation in the UK wine market.
So was it good thinking or good fortune that prompted us to plant only Chardonnay (Penfolds and I10V1 clones) in 1997. Those were our thoughts in January, when our 2016 Chardonnay won a gold medal at the 2019 Tasmanian Wine Show. Class 14 Tasmanian Wine Show Judging Panel Comments
“A terrific class showing what a great fruit Tasmania grows, and the quality of the winemaking does it justice. This is reflected in the high 88% medal rate. Beautifully handled oak and lees; reduction where evident was in balance with the other components.”
We’re delighted to be able to share our next 2018 vintage wine with friends of Uplands. It has weight, power and finesse, all held in delicate balance. We find typical barrel ferment characters of smoky oak and blanched almond complementing white peach and citrus elements on the palate.
We could go on and on, but the wine speaks with its own voice. Enjoy now and at any time over the next 5-6 years.
2019 Uplands Chardonnay $40
This wine displays a lovely fullness of flavour, with suggestions of melon and fig to accompany our vineyard’s more typical citrus elements. The oak adds a touch of honeycomb and is already very well integrated. A refined Chardonnay to enjoy now to 2023.
“Exciting and delicious Tasmanian chardonnay. A bright, vibrant and energetic style of purity and fruit integrity. The lemon citrus crunch and acid line of the cool Coal River Valley expand magnificently into crunchy white peach and fig through a palate of integrity, line and persistence.” – May edition of Halliday Magazine
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2020 Uplands Chardonnay $35
Hand-picked on 26 March 2020, the wine appears to have sprung out of the blocks after being whole bunch pressed and aged in barrique for nine months. The nose shows some leesy notes in addition to its melon, stone fruit and fig characters. But the lasting impression is one of generosity and roundness; of a fullness of flavour that is so typical of the warm, dry Coal River Valley. Oak is nicely integrated and contributes hints of smoked ham and ripe fig to the aftertaste. Fresh citrussy acidity completes a package that is smooth, user-friendly and already dressed to thrill.
Partner with pork, poultry or an indulgent plate of Tasmanian crayfish. Avoid over-chilling.
2011 Uplands Pinot Noir Chardonnay (Sparkling) $65
Approaching eight years of age, our Third Disgorgement, November 2018, showcases the benefits of six years spent on yeast lees. It’s a little tighter, firmer, more distinguished than the second disgorgement.
There’s also a suggestion of vanillin derived from brief oak maturation, perhaps kept under wraps by corkage in the second Disgorgement.
We love the Third Disgorgement for its weight and complexity, and see vibrancy and freshness in this wine. It’s more an aperitif style. We’re really looking forward to watching it evolve in bottle with more time on cork.
At the 2019 Tasmanian Wine Show, our 2007 wine won silver in Class 28a for Museum Sparkling – the same medal that judges awarded to the 2005 Arras Grande Vintage and 1999 Stefano Lubiana Vintage Brut.
Our style of sparkling wine evolves slowly, but we believe the final result is worth the wait. his sparkling won a silver medal at the 2020 Tasmanian Wine Show, and Bronze Medals at the 2019 Royal Hobart Wine Show and 2019 Tasmanian Wine Shows.
2018 Uplands Tasmanian Blanc de Blancs $50
This vintage represents our first release of Blanc de Blancs from Uplands Vineyard. As the label implies, it is crafted entirely from estate-grown Chardonnay.
This is a Blanc de Blancs that is true to style. It has tremendous vibrancy, intensity and length of flavour. Citrus/preserved lemon and minerally elements are showcased by bright acidity and relatively low dosage. The palate is tightly focused and fresh, its three years on yeast lees contributing considerable refinement.
The wine promises a long cellar life for consumers who enjoy the subtle complexities that only time on cork and bottle age can bestow on such well-crafted whites.
Enjoy now with freshly shucked oysters.