It's one of the most extraordinary Chardonnays we have ever tasted from down under. The precision focus and minerality scream Puligny Montrachet with lovely aromas of orchard blossoms, yellow fruits, and liquid minerals are on the palate. The fruit is focused and precise, with notes of nectarine, apricot, and delicious golden apple, with lovely minerality, salinity, and tons of dry extract. On the finish, the wine is like a kaleidoscope. If you love classic Chardonnay, it's a must-buy, even though this is not a cheap date! A very limited amount in stock! EFW 96 pts!
Bass Phillip, established in 1979 by Phillip Jones, is a renowned Australian winery in Victoria's Gippsland region. Known for its exceptional Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays, the winery has garnered acclaim for its organic and biodynamic farming practices, setting it apart in the Australian wine scene and drawing the attention of one of Gevrey-Chambertin's top winemakers, Jean Marie Fourrier, who in 2020 took over as winemaker. Spanning approximately 10 hectares, the vineyard's unique microclimate, coupled with minimal intervention winemaking, allows for producing wines that truly express their terroir. The focus on low yields and careful vineyard management has been a cornerstone of Bass Phillip's philosophy, aiming to produce wines of high complexity and longevity.
The 2019 Bass Phillip Chardonnay Premium exemplifies the winery's commitment to quality and terroir-driven wines. Harvested from vines aged over 20 years, this Chardonnay is a product of a cooler growing season, leading to a longer ripening period and resulting in a wine with remarkable depth and acidity. The winemaking approach here involves natural fermentation with indigenous yeasts and aging in French oak barrels, of which a small percentage is new. The 2019 Chardonnay Premium, with its subtle balance of fruit, oak, and natural acidity, stands as a testament to Bass Phillip's reputation as one of Australia's premier Chardonnay producers. We have low pricing on this rare find today, and it is perfect for new and old-world Chardonnay fans.
Vinous (Josh Raynolds) 94 pts! "Shimmering straw-gold. A suave, highly aromatic bouquet features tangerine, pear nectar, iodine, buttered toast and fresh fig qualities, and vanilla and floral notes emerge as the wine opens up. Well-concentrated and focused on the palate, with a core of juicy acidity bracing powerful citrus and orchard fruit, honeysuckle, buttered toast and saffron flavors. Rich but refreshingly lithe, delivering superb finishing clarity and floral-accented persistence. (Drink between 2025 - 2034)"
James Suckling 94 pts! "A richly complex chardonnay that has meritorious concentration and well-built structure as its strong points. Peach and toasted brioche, pastry and hazelnut here. the palate has intense drive and depth with acidity winding the finish out long. Drink over the next five years."