Bass Phillip Estate Chardonnay 2016
1 or more bottles$72.99
Bass Phillip are one of Australia's most accomplished winemakers. This Chardonnay was matured in approximately 20% new oak. It has aromas of Lifted citrus & stonefruit. Well balanced, vibrant fruit and great acid structure. Subtle notes of toasty oak underlay, creating a well rounded palate.
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Australia's wine industry is a thriving part of the country's economy, contributing significantly to employment, production, export, and tourism. In fact, the industry is the fourth-largest wine exporter in the world, shipping out 760 million liters of wine to countries including France, Italy, Spain, and the UK. One of the key factors contributing to Australia's success as a "New World" wine producer is the formal export and marketing of its wines through Wine Australia.
Australia's wine regions are scattered across the south and southeast, with almost every state boasting its own vineyards. Victoria, for example, is home to an impressive 21 wine regions. Some of the most famous wine regions in Australia include Margaret River, Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Eden Valley, Clare Valley, Hunter Valley, Yarra Valley, and local regions to New South Wales such as Cowra, Southern Highlands, and Mudgee.
Australian winemakers are known for producing a diverse range of grape varieties, with Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Pinot Noir being among the most popular. They tend to focus on producing wines that are ripe, fruit-forward, and easy to drink, using modern winemaking techniques and equipment such as stainless steel tanks and temperature-controlled fermentation.
With its bold, fruit-driven flavors and reputation for quality and diversity, Australian wine has become a popular choice for wine lovers around the world. And with such a broad range of wine regions and grape varieties, there's something for every palate to enjoy.
The wine region of Victoria has the highest number of grapevines than any other state in Australia. It is home to over 600 wineries and well-known regions such as Yarra Valley, Heathcote, and Rutherglen. Victoria is situated in the southeastern corner of Australia where due to the location, the climate has a cool maritime influence and is known for its outstanding Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, along with producing Australia’s most famed dessert Muscat and Topaque wines.
There are a number of different terroir levels throughout the wine region of Victoria which leads to the production of different ranges of wines. In the southern region of Victoria, the vines are regulated by the cool winds of the Bass Strait. Central Victoria consists of mostly flat terrain that tends to be drier and warmer than the rest of Victoria, which results in more fruit concentrated wines. It may be surprising to note that Victoria is the third most productive wine region in Australia, seeing as it does not have as many areas suitable for viticulture, which has resulted in the cellar door culture of Victoria being concentrated with smaller, but more personal boutique wineries.
The Gippsland wine region reaches from Victoria's high country in the north all the way to the Bass Strait in the south. It is capable of producing richly textured wines of distinction. Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Shiraz are the predominant varieties, though Pinot Gris is making a resurgence in recent years. It is the traditional Burgundian varieties of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay that are the regions highlights.
West Gippsland is at approximately the same latitude as East Gippsland, but over 200 kms to the west, with the western boundary reaching the Yarra Valley. The climate in the West is less Mediterranean and warmer than the East as it is further inland.
South Gippsland is the coolest of the Gippsland subregions, and is heavily influenced by the Bass Strait and the rainfall there is also higher than in the East or West.
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About the brand Bass Phillip
Established in 1979 by winemaker Phillip Jones, this iconic winery in South-Gippsland was named after legendary Australian explorers George Bass and Arthur Phillip. With a focus on Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, Bass Philip is regarded as the pinnacle of Pinot Noir producers in Australia. Twice awarded 'Australia's Best Pinot Noir', the 2012 Bass Philip Reserve Pinot Noir scored 99 points; the highest noted score for a dry red table wine by James Halliday.
Practicing organic viticulture since 1993 and further committing to biodynamic since 2002, the non-irrigated vines are restricted, producing concentrated flavorful_berries. A non-intervention form of winemaking eschews the use of toxic spray in the vineyard while in the winery, wild yeast fermentation and minimal additions, fining or filtration results in rich, complex wines brimming with aromatics and a generous mouth feel.