2021 Eileen Hardy Chardonnay
Eileen Hardy was the Hardy family matriarch, an indomitable spirit and the first lady of Australian wine; her love of life still echoes through every Hardys wine and provides the inspiration to be the best. Winemakers select only the very best handpicked parcels of fruit from regions throughout Australia to carry the Eileen name. This wine exemplifies the development and commitment to quality of the highest order. Richness, power and elegance that has placed Eileen Hardy Chardonnay amongst the finest Chardonnays in the country.
NOSE: Complex and intense aromas of lemon curd and ripe stone fruits entwine with subtle toasty oak and a hint of struck match.
PALATE: An intense and generous palate offering notes of fresh white peaches, and zesty lemon, supported by toasty oak and a seductive mineral drive combining to impart length, richness and complexity. A delicious wine now, the quality and complexity of fruit ensures it will be a wine of great pedigree.
VINEYARD REGION: Tasmania
VINTAGE CONDITIONS: 2021 was a cool year in Tasmania, with good winter rainfall ensuring steady growth in spring aided by a very dry November. Neither frost nor wind were an issue, ensuring good growing conditions during the cool season, helped along with regular rainfall. The significant rain event at the end of March delayed flavour ripeness and picking dates. This resulted in higher-than average baumés and wines with complex flavour, ripe structure and lovely mid palate weight. Aromatic wines are ripe and fully flavoured with great length and mouthfeel