2022 Stargazer Chardonnay

Highly Rated
Tightly wound premium Chardonnay from the Coal River Valley.

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Sam Connew is one of the hardest working people in Australian wine, so it is wonderful to see her Stargazer brand taking flight.

The Chardonnay is a tight and racy number. Picked on the earlier side to retain freshness and drive, this single vineyard in Coal River produces fruit with impressive concentration.

Sam has a keen eye for structure, and complexity and judiciously applied high-quality oak. Her Chardonnay is poised for a long life in the cellar or a short time on the table shared in good company.

This is a lovely, pristine, premium Tasmanian Chardonnay, beautifully judged by Sam.

"Finishes long and sapid with lipsmacking intensity and a lovely textural sway."
- 96 pts, Dave Brookes (Halliday Wine Companion)

Pale straw yellow in colour with plenty of stone fruit notes on the nose: nectarine skin and grapefruit pith intermingled with some nougat and hazelnut skin complexity. The oak characters are subtle and supportive. The palate is fleshy and textured showing lemon curd and cashew butter richness, with plenty of acid liveliness through to the back palate.

96 points - "Chardonnay from Sam Connews' Palisander vineyard in the Coal River Valley and Bernard Brian's Derewnt Valley vineyard, whole-bunch pressed to oak and matured in French oak puncheons (20% new), 100% mlf and no lees stirring. Light straw with aromas of lemon, grapefruit, nashi pear and white peach with wafts of struck match, soft spice, almond paste, white flowers and stone. Quite concentrated on the palate yet reigned in beautifully by the vivid, stony acidity. Finishes long and sapid with lipsmacking intensity and a lovely textural sway." - Dave Brookes (Halliday Wine Companion)


Stargazer is the pint-sized Tasmanian passion project of the talented Samantha Connew. Sam is one of the country's most respected wine judges and a greatly influential voice in the Australian wine industry. Stargazer is her one-woman show, focused around Sam's small, beautiful vineyard works in the Coal River Valley.

She only makes tiny parcels of a few wines. Riesling (and Riesling Blends), Chardonnay & Pinot Noir are her chosen varieties. The quality is outstanding across each and every wine and they rightfully sell out in next to no time each year.

The Stargazer range is a set of beautiful, ethereal representations of the Apple Isle.

Samantha Connew in her Vineyard Discover Stargazer

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