Holyman Chardonnay 2020


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The Wine

“We are so proud of these wines we put our own name to them!  All of the fruit is estate grown, which for our Chardonnay it means not a lot.  The block is at the top of the vineyard, so it is the first thing I see when I walk out of the house to go to work every day.  As we love to drink Chablis, our thoughts on Chardonnay are to ensure we maintain our acidity, and that the wine is not dominated by oak.  As always this wine is fermented in 100% new 500l Puncheons. We use 100% new oak but feel that the larger oak gives us the structure and weight we desire from barrel fermentation whilst not imparting too much oak in the wine.  Once the wine starts to ferment we stir the lees every day until completion. Post ferment the wine stays on full solids for a period of 9 months before being bottled with a small sulphur addition.

The 2020 season was the sort of growing season in Tasmania I remember as child (just without the Pandemic thing) It was warm and stable.  The 2020 version of our Chardonnay is a powerful wine, but balanced by our natural acidity. 

There are stone fruits and reduction on the nose while the palette is more creamy than usual which makes for a whole mouthful of wine. There is our customary long tight finish due to the fact we do not encourage malolactic fermentation. We are always very happy with this wine and this one is no exception. Needs some time in the cellar, but it’s hard not to drink it.”

– Lou & Joe Holyman

The Review

"Now has Lutruwita on the front label, which is a nice touch. Joe is on point.

All class. Fine-boned and filigreed, tight, precise, but delivers flavour and abundant energy. There’s a little whiff of struck match, white peach, citrus, vanilla almond cream and cinnamon, maybe some green olive, with outstanding drive and length. Pure and wonderful. Love at first sip."

97Pts, Gary Walsh, Winefront