Friday, December 17, 2010


- Southern Tasmania
- $25-$33
- Screwcap
- 13.5%alc

Whether it be pinot noir, chardonnay, riesling, sauvignon blanc or sparkling wines, I've never experienced a bad drop from Stefano Lubiana. With yields down in 2009, Lubiana's entry level chardonnay, the Primavera, was the only chardonnay made that year.

The 2009 Primavera Chardonnay rises attractively from the glass with a bright, savoury and grainy fragrance, that conceals both a crystal-clear cool-climate fruit profile of granny smith apples and grapefruit, as well as a tightly hidden influence of dry French oak. Furthermore, its aromatic focal point is quietly bookended by lower, richer notes of toffee and yeast, with a clever touch of spice pleasing the high notes. Slick and refreshing, its palate is powered by a clean, buttery undercarriage that flies through to a nutty finish marked by departing notes of melon and herb, however, with air and warmth a brassier note emerges down the line, denying the wine a little length and definitive freshness, so don't drink it too warm. Regardless of this minor quibble, it's still a very clean, intricately made Tasmanian chardonnay that suits immediate consumption beautifully.

ü My view remains the same; I've yet to have a Stefano Lubiana wine I wouldn't buy twice. Drink to 2013.
91 points

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