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2018 Uplands Tasmanian Chardonnay
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.
2011 Uplands Tasmanian Pinot Noir Chardonnay
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.
This sparkling won a bronze medal at the 2019 Tasmanian Wine Show, and a Bronze Medal at the 2019 Royal Hobart Wine Show.
Also won a silver medal in the 2020 Tasmanian Wine Show.
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