Delamere Vineyards

2022 Block 3 Chardonnay

2022 Block 3 Chardonnay

With every new vintage we are finding the demand for our wine outstripping supply. 

Our 2022 Vintage is currently only available through our club, via the Winemaker's Selection, or Collectors selection mixed pack. 



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Vintage Conditions

Spring of 2021, the commencement of the 2022 growing season, was one of the wettest on record for Tasmania.  Temperatures were slightly warmer than average but were still the coolest we’d experienced since 2016. So, although the data suggested a warm start, a later than normal budburst suggested potential for a late year to most of us. The new year ushered in a change, with conditions turning dry and warm. Ripening raced ahead with the glossy canopies from the early season rainfall, and fruit flavours developed well.  The final wines have full ripe flavours, with zest fresh acidity.  Moderate crop levels overall have delivered wine of excellent depth and intensity.Winemaking

Every aspect of making this wine seeks to allow our unique vineyard characteristics to shine through, developing a complexity and texture that truly cool climate chardonnay fruit can carry so well. Carefully hand harvested from Delamere's oldest vines in the cool of the morning, the fruit is whole bunch pressed in our small press to tank, settled and racked with light fluffy solids to oak.  Slow fermentation with indigenous yeast in 100% new oak. Wild fermentation continues until dry then MLF allowed to start Stirring of yeast lees allows the development of mouth-feel. Matured in oak for 12 months. Bottled with minimal filtration under cork and wax seal.  Allowed to mature in bottle for a further 12 months prior to release to allow the wine to settle.


Tasting Notes

This is a classic cool climate Chardonnay with the finesse, elegance and depth of flavour to age for 10 or more years, thus is the aim of the ‘Block Wine’ project.  Beautifully light, yet with the complexity and length that comes from this wine being made from some of our oldest vines.


Food Pairing

Black truffle popcorn, crispy-skin salmon, confit chicken Maryland and char-grilled tiger prawns.

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