If someone said to me, “When you’re in New South Wales, make sure you visit Cowra. There’s some nice wines coming out of there,” it would be met with a rather quizzical look and a raised eyebrow. Hold that thought.
This one from the Windowrie guys is worth having a good look at. It’s organic and biodynamic and will attract those who hunt down this type of wine, but I reckon it will be more widespread because of how ‘chardonnay’ it is.
It shows itself as Chardonnay from the start. Stone-fruits are evident but it was like it had been sharing a fruit basket with pears and bananas (just my opinion of course). There is a nice texture to it as well, along the lines of pear peel (or skin whatever your preferred term is). The other thing coming to mind was a mealy, yeasty, European wheat beer flavour/aroma (without the fizz and froth) which I thought was a nice, delicate and interesting dimension.
Now, I must say, it took a little time to settle down but when it did, it impressed me. My advice, for what it’s worth and I know I’ve said this before when it come to white wines… don’t serve it too cold. I’d be more than happy to tell my friends about this Chardy.
Region: Cowra, NSW Price: $25 Source: Sample courtesy of Define Wine and Windowrie