In the face of growing industry and perhaps even consumer resentment, Hardys' key brands continue to turn out fantastic wine. Tasmanian based Bay of Fires, whose wines seem to have reached another all time high, is a prime example.
Once again Bay of Fires' Chardonnay is brightly lit and funky, with cheesy, leesy scents of cashew nuts, peach, melon and bacon-like oak displaying attractive savoury complexity. Creamy on entry, its beautifully refined palate drives with agreeable viscosity, pushing forward a carefully balanced marriage of white nectarine, grapefruit and creamy, toasty oak. It announces a harmonious interweaving of refreshing lemon sherbet-like acids, before finishing with penetrative flavour, great length and a lasting presence of quirky chardonnay fruit character.
ü+ This immaculate, spotless Tasmanian chardonnay has really surprised me, it's an absolute bargain; a top drop. Probably the best Bay of Fires Chardonnay yet. Drink to 2016.