I hardly ever see wine from Tasmania in the UK and when I spotted this one in M&S – on discount – there was no excuse not to buy it! Why the beeline for a Tasmanian wine? Well, in a country whose hot climate can be challenging for grape growing, I was very interested to try wine from the southernmost tip (island) where its cool climate is further assisted by the sea. And – interestingly – the wine industry here is still in its infancy: there are a number of distinct regions, but all wine is simply labelled ‘Tasmania’ – there are no specific appellations.
This is a delicate and unusual Chardonnay. It’s fresh and clean tasting, yet has plenty of fruit – think zesty apples, pears and honeydew melons with gentle minerality. What I particularly loved was the definite spritz on the tip of the tongue; Tasmania has made significant inroads into producing sparkling wine.
All in all, it’s a moreish wine that doesn’t necessarily require food, but works well with salads, grain and creamy pasta dishes – rather than tomato-based – be careful not to overwhelm with stronger flavours. Snacks such as Chickpea Chips work well!
At a glance
- Style? Easy drinking white wine
- Where is it from? Tasmania, Australia
- What’s the grape? Chardonnay
- Tastes of? Apples, pears, melons
- What food would complement it? Enjoy as an aperitif or try with Millet with Fennel, Peppers & Chickpeas