Collector Tiger Tiger Chardonnay
Collector Tiger Tiger Chardonnay
Min. Quantity: 3
Grown in the foothills of the Snowy Mountains, in Tumbarumba, the 'Tiger Tiger' Chardonnay, by Collector Wines has aromas of honeysuckle, grapefruit and white peach along with lemon curd and brioche. Full malolactic fermentation and ageing on lees has give the wine depth and a mouth filling complexity. Fresh and concentrated with a long finish. Delicious with crayfish, prawns or a grilled chicken salad.
Expert Reviews & Awards
"From Tumbarumba. There's a lot of matchsticky flare to the nose, so be warned, but the palate is seriously stylish and indeed powerful. This wine glistens and sparks, almost as if its quality would glow in the dark. White peach and then some, honeysuckle, fennel, a chalkiness, texture like satin. When you drink this wine you know that Australian chardonnay has come to be in a remarkable place." 96 Points (on the 2017 vintage).
Halliday Wine Companion 2020 (CM). — 96 Points
The grapes were whole bunch pressed and barrel fermented in a combination of new and seasoned oak. Each parcel underwent a full malolactic fermentation and was aged on lees before blending and bottling in March.
Drink now or within 7-9 years from release.
Collector Wines produces small quantities of premium wine. Grapes are grown on the characteristic lean pink granites and reddish shale loams of the Canberra District and Tumbarumba. The wines are hand-made for balance, character and depth of flavour.
Chardonnay This famous French variety is easily the most recognised and enjoyed white wine worldwide. Chardonnay has been grown in, experimented with and been successfully adapted to just about every wine-producing region on earth. Chardonnay offers diverse styles from the lean, steely structured, crisp and clean styles, to the more rich, full bodied examples, often enhanced by toasty vanillin oak characters. Chardonnay offers a wonderful spectrum of flavours, from those of lemon and apple through to exotic, tropical fruits and spices. It seems there is a chardonnay to please just about every palate! So what makes it so appealing? Wine consumers love it! Chardonnay offers a range of styles, from crisp ‘Chablis' style examples, to rich and buttery versions. Viticulturists love it! It grows well in a range of climates and soils. It achieves a good level of ripeness, is impervious to disease and apart from spring frosts, climatic threats are limited during the passage of the vineyard year through good vineyard management. Winemakers love it too! Chardonnay is a versatile variety that thrives in a range of climates and soils. As well as achieving a good level of ripeness, it is relatively resistant to disease, and apart from spring frosts, climatic threats are limited during the passage of the year. Key Facts About Chardonnay Chardonnay’s spiritual homeland is Burgundy in France, although there is evidence that links it back to Lebanon in the Middle East. In France it is responsible for the wines known as Chablis and Macon as well as the Village, Premier and Grand Cru wines of the Côte d’Or. Chardonnay is the consummate world traveler. Since the 1960s chardonnay has migrated to all wine growing countries and is produced around the globe. Chardonnay wines are medium straw in colour, deepening to rich yellow and gold with age. Rarely do you see a chardonnay that is pale white in colour, although we have come a long way from the deep heavy yellows of new world chardonnays produced in the 1970s and 1980s. Chardonnay has lots of flavour but this is balanced by a good deal of natural acidity. This balance lends itself to depth of flavour and all well made chardonnays have plenty of dimensions to enjoy. Chardonnay in Australia Nowhere is the versatility of this wonderful grape variety better expressed than across the vineyards, regions and winemaking styles of Australia. The Aussie chardonnay scene is defined by regional diversity making it a virtual playground for our viticulturists and grape growers. Our winemakers develop expertise experimenting with the many regional styles of chardonnay and the numerous winemaking techniques associated with this variety. In Australia, we are not inhibited by the appellation restrictions that put a straight jacket around European grape growers and winemakers, forcing specific varieties to be grown in specific regions. Australian chardonnays, apart from being delicious and well crafted, won’t burn a hole in your pocket. We like to ensure our wines are affordable and able to be enjoyed by as many people as we can. Australian chardonnay is not the world’s cheapest, but the value it represents has carried our reputation around the globe. Regional Chardonnay Chardonnay grows well in almost every wine region of Australia and is the mainstay of a great many vineyards. Its certainty of ripening and universal demand gives a grower something of an assurance against the fickle swings of weather and market place. Chardonnay loves to grow in all climates, producing quite different wines in each. In cooler regions like the Yarra Valley, Tasmania, Tumbarumba and Orange chardonnays show delicate flavours of citrus, grapefruit and green apple. The acidity is lively, sometimes even racy or steely and the fruit is pure, focused and lean. In warmer regions, particularly the Hunter Valley and Margaret River we grow richer chardonnays that show tropical fruit flavours like peach and apricot. In distinctly warm to hot areas like the Barossa Valley, we find rich expressions of ripe pineapple and fig really lifting out of the glass. Australian chardonnays, apart from being delicious and well crafted, won’t burn a hole in your pocket. We like to ensure our wines are affordable and able to be enjoyed by as many people as we can. Australian chardonnay is not the world’s cheapest, but the value it represents has carried our reputation around the globe.
Tumbarumba lies in the western foothills of the Snowy Mountains in New South Wales and is known for exceptional Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The vineyards are planted at high altitudes, ranging from 300 to 800 metres above sea level. Tumbarumba produces cool climate Chardonnay that has a higher acidity and shows flavours of peach and citrus. Pinot Noir is the other important grape in Tumbarumba, and it is often used for making high quality sparkling wines.
Closure: Screw Cap
Wine Body: Medium Bodied
Wine Sweetness: Dry
Non Alcoholic: No
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