2018 Levantine Hill Katherine’s Paddock Chardonnay

I’m not sure if you are familiar with the Bicheno Blowhole on the east coast of Tasmania.  It’s a section of the coast where a part of the granite coastline has been worn away underneath and the ocean has blown a hole in the ‘ceiling’ of the rocky foreshore. As the water rushes into the small cave, the pressure causes an eruption of water through the hole.  The water reaches a point of seemingly zero gravity before falling onto the surrounding rocks, splashing them with the fresh, clean, glistening ocean water, eventually cascading back into the sea from whence it came.

I likened this sort of moment to what it was like when I tasted this ripper Chardonnay, and I have no doubt it too will attract those stimulated by its sensory offerings. 

Rich, complex aromas of peaches and cream, flintiness and oak, along with refinement and class, erupting from the glass.  A terrific introduction to what this Chardonnay is about to do to your sense of taste (that is, if you can stop yourself from taking in the aromas).

Concentration and elegance abound upon tasting with ripe stone fruit flavours, fine yet racy acidity and balanced oak characters are spread over the palate like a gentle ocean wave across that granite foreshore at Bicheno.  And, before you know it, another wave of flavour coats the palate, and you realise you are yet to take another sip, such is the incredible length this wine has. A superb example of the variety.

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Region: Yarra Valley, Vic     Price: $125     Source: Thanks kindly to Levantine Hill

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