About the Wine
With so much Chardonnay under Anna Pooley's belt, it would have been easy for Bubb + Pooley to revert to tried and tested winemaking. But this easily stands on it's own - whole bunch pressed into a spherical concrete tank (and two year old French barriques).
It's racy and lean, with that concrete absolutely highlighting a core of chalky minerality. It also has a bright and lifted fragrance of honeysuckle, grapefruit, rolled oats and crushed almonds. Oak is absolutely not in the driver's seat here. It's hard to tell where it fits - it's not quite a classic Old World style and it's not really typically Aussie, but it's doing its own thing. This is all about fruit purity and it absolutely sings.
About Bubb + Pooley
You may know of Bubb and Pooley from their day jobs. Justin Bubb is the winemaker of Babo, a label which focuses on Italian wines and Anna Pooley is the winemaker at Pooley, one of Tasmania's iconic producers, and where Justin also lends more than a hand...They are also husband and wife. Somehow, they found some spare time to create a label where they could work together - Bubb + Pooley.
The pair use traditional methods which are 'mostly hands off' to allow fruit and site to clearly express themselves. Concrete vessels are commonplace here - oak can too heavily impact the fruit. With access to exceptional sites, this is a chance for them to make sustainable wine which speak of terroir and vintage. Pristine is the word - pristine fruit, pristine vinification and pristine wines. This is such a welcome addition to the landscape of Australian wine.