2019 Sailor Seeks Horse One Monkey Chardonnay

Linear, refined Chardonnay sourced from around Tasmania.

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The smoke and bushfire issues for Tasmania were in 2019, unlike the 2020 disaster that struck the mainland.

For Paul and Gilli at Sailor Seeks Horse the 2019 vintage from their home Huon vintage was gone, and sought help from friends across the rest of the island - for this delicious, elegant Chardonnay the fruit came from Clover Hill, Tolpuddle and Ghost Rock. It's is a true Taswegian wine...

Crunchy citrus fruit, with some racy acidity, and great drive to the finish. A quality rescue act, and a tribute to the winemaking community.

Our current release wines from 2019 are under a different label and called One Monkey, which are sourced from different vineyards around the state due to the bushfires in the Huon in 2019 and the loss of fruit from our own vineyard.

The vineyards we sourced Chardonnay from in 2019 were Ghost Rock (23%), Tolpuddle (30%) and Clover Hill (47%) with two Burgundy clones (95 and 76).

The wine was whole-bunch pressed to a mixture of barriques, hogsheads and a puncheon with a small amount of new oak. It was then barrel-fermented with some parts going through malolactic fermentation. After sulphuring and being left on full lees for a year, the wine was filtered but unfined and we produced about 3300 bottles.

There is a delicacy and fine acid line to this wine that makes it tight and poised. It isn't a Chardonnay for the more traditional 'sunshine in a glass' lovers.

94 Points - "This is terrific. It needs a little time, but it's terrific. It's so chalky, so well balanced, so pulsing with lift and life. Grapefruit into yellow stone fruit, apples red and green, green pineapple and a smoked pear-like character on the finish. There are honeysuckle notes here, whispered, along with a general steeliness. This wine is going places." - Campbell Mattinson (The Wine Front)

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