The elevation of Patrick Sullivan chardonnay into the top echelon examples of Australia is something else.
About The Wine
Pat Sullivan has released a group of single-vineyard Chardonnays from his Baw Baw Shire stronghold in Gippsland, to go alongside his lovely vineyard blends.
The Ada River Chardonnay (actually from a vineyard called Manilla) was a revelation of style, as far from a big Gippsland beast as you could get. It's so fluid, textured but lean, with great acid drive, citrus power and a very slight mealiness.
A great sign for the growing maturity of Pat Sullivan as a truly serious, marvel of a winemaker. Stellar stuff, and seriously good.
About Patrick Sullivan
The wild-haired Patrick Sullivan is a farmer first, winemaker second.
His pride and joy is his vineyard in the Strezleki Ranges in the Gippsland G.I. of Victoria. On this plot of land, Pat farms with organic principals alongside Bill Downie, one of the most revolutionary winemakers of his generation.
Bill takes the Pinot Noir from the vineyard, Pat takes the Chardonnay and a few other bits and pieces. The wines are un-tinkered with, fermented in neutral vessels with little or no sulphur and are made to express their special site and the vagaries of vintage.
In Pat's words, "The wines are inspired by emotion, a moment in time and a sense of place."