Tasmania is a hot place at present. For such a cool climate wine region there really are some sensational things coming out of the state. But alas I haven’t been myself, so it is high on my foodie to-do list. After this wine and a few others from Moorilla at the Adelaide Wine Show it’s even higher on that list. In general I was very impressed with Tasmanian Chardonnays, Pinot Noir and Rieslings.
Tasmania’s cool climate and Moorilla’s close proximity to the ocean sees the vines kept cold at all times. This helps with reduced risk of frost and fungal diseases. But also the climate facilitates a long ripening process and promotes complexity of flavours. Just 15km north of Hobart on the Derwent River, it will definitely be on my “must visit” list.
The 2010 Moorilla Muse Chardonnay has great intensity and complexity on the nose. Lovely warm roasted cashew nuts, beeswax/lanolin, and preserved citrus. On the palate it was lively, and full of flavour with a pleasant citrus pith grip. While being fuller in flavour, it wasn’t full of malo-creaminess. Soft ripe citrus and white stone fruit flavours, combined with a subtle savour edge. For me this rates pretty high on the drinkability scale.
I’d probably match the Moorilla Chardonnay with a cured Tasmanian salmon – you have to really.