They say practice makes perfect and with the seventh release of this single vineyard Chardonnay from Dawson & James, we have to agree. Near perfect seasonal conditions produced a precise and elegant wine with white flowers, crisp apple blossom and grapefruit. Think sweet, slightly mineral citrus flavours with a soft, natural acidity that lingers well beyond the first sip.
An elegant cool-climate style, Dawson & James is a top expression of single vineyard, Tasmanian Chardonnay. The grapes are sourced from the Meadowbank vineyard, a unique and protected site on the upper Derwent River. Rich, yet texturally complex, with bright acidity and impeccable balance, it ranks among the finest examples of contemporary Australian Chardonnay.
This Chardonnay is the result of Tim James and Peter Dawson’s cumulative 70 years winemaking experience. Hand-picked at optimal maturity from a single vineyard 60 odd kilometres north-west of Hobart, this vintage is one of the finest examples of contemporary Australian Chardonnay, adored by our customers and critics alike with Gold medals from both Decanter Wine Awards (2020) and the Tasmanian Wine Show (2019) as well as points in the high 90s across the board.
From the Meadowbank Vineyard, whole-bunch pressed, fermented in very high quality French barriques (30% new), 50% mlf, which it absolutely needed, 8 months on lees. A wine of precision and elegance, a lightness of touch that suggests it will be very long lived. White flowers, crispness, apple blossom, grapefruit.
97 points, The Australian (November 2021)
From the Meadowbank Vineyard, whole-bunch pressed, fermented in very high quality French barriques (40% new), 50% mlf, which it absolutely needed, 8 months on lees. Every atom of this wine was taken into account in the vinification. It is immaculately balanced, the fruit with a delicacy not so often achieved in Tasmania, the finish pristine.
96 points, Wine Companion (February 2019)
Light yellow hue, with a smoky-reductive and very complex nose. The oak is distinctive. There is refinement and lemony tension on the palate. It has more to give in time. Excellent.
95 points, The Real Review (January 2019)
Delicate and lifted, with hints of lemon and lime curd, flinty struck match and white peach, then to a palate of tropical stone fruit, pineapple and white almond.
96 points and Gold Medal, Decanter World Wine Awards 2020
Gold Medal - Class 13
Tasmanian Wine Show 2019