Frogmore Creek Chardonnay 2006 (SETasmania)
$32, Screwcap, 14%
After a horribly reduced and average bottle of the Pinot last week (my first dud under a screwcap in some time), it was nice to get the planets realigned with a good bottle of the Frogmore Creek Chardonnay.
Like some sort of wine mystic, I see good things for this label in the future, particularly now with the movement to organic viticulture.
But back to the wine then. On the nose its tight, citrussy and sprinkled with oats, spicy oak mingling with rather cold climate fruit in a fresh and cool sort of dry fashion. Its reasonably austere on the nose actually, with no flesh, but just acidity poking through. It follows then that the quite lean and restrained palate is built for age, the fruit flavours sitting behind a veil of very fine vanilla oak and plenty of acidity, with sweet alcohol cleaning up the tail. Aside from some white peach fruit flavour, there isnt much to grab onto as yet on the palate, aside from acidity and a little oak induced astringency.
It’s quality, drinkable wine no doubt, yet it just needs a year or so to come together, from whence it could be well impressive. 17+