Dawson & James Chardonnay 2011

£45.00

It’s a conversation that every group of friends will invariably have at some point in their relationship, usually at 2am after a couple of glasses of Pinot – “you and...

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It’s a conversation that every group of friends will invariably have at some point in their relationship, usually at 2am after a couple of glasses of Pinot – “you and me, we should just quit our jobs and… and start a wine venture together!” Prompting a fevered business plan to be drawn up on a cocktail napkin focused primarily on grape based puns.

The biggest difference for Peter Dawson and Tim James, is they actually went through with it! Undertaking this venture together was the culmination of a 30-year friendship and one that has clearly paid off when approaching this premium Tasmanian Chardonnay. A nose of bright lemon and grapefruit carries onto a tightly woven citrus, leesy and mineral palate that is lingering yet moreish. If this wine is any barometer of friendship enterprises, it may be time to dig out that napkin business plan!
Peter Dawson and Tim James are winemakers who have always been driven by quality and innovation.

The two friends met in Adelaide in 1976: Peter Dawson was a
21-year-old science student from Geelong whose first job in the wine sector was as a cellar hand with Thomas Hardy & Sons, working at their Mile End winery, where Tim James was the Production Winemaker.

They struck up a remarkable friendship that has spanned three decades, working together for 20 years at Hardys before moving on to new horizons. With a collective winemaking experience of more than 70 years, their interest in wine is much more than purely professional, and it was inevitable that at some point down the track, the two would work in collaboration.
Grapes are grown on the Meadow Bank vineyard in Tasmania, approximately 60km northwest of Hobart. Its rugged topography is bounded by the fast flowing, pristine waters of the Derwent River.
Property owners Gerald and Sue Ellis established the first plantings in 1974 and the vineyard holds a special place in the history of Tasmanian viticulture.
The vineyard is at an elevation of 70 metres above the river and has a north-easterly aspect, optimal for capturing sunlight and ripening the grapes.
Soils range from brown loams to sandy loams over structured clays and sandstone rock. They are of a ‘devigorating’ nature, contributing to balanced growth and good vine structure. Yields are controlled to less than 6 tonnes per hectare.
Grapes were hand picked and wholebunch pressed. Free run juice was transferred to oak sources from Bugundian cooperages. Primary fermentation in oak was followed by partial malolatic fermentation. The wine remained in oak for nine months when a selection of barrels was made for the final blend.
Please note: Due to the current pressure on delivery networks we are no longer able to offer guaranteed next day deliveries. Though not guaranteed, we will be placing all standard delivery orders made before 2 pm on a 24 hour service without extra charge.
UK Mainland Addresses

(excludes Northern Ireland, the Scottish Highlands & Islands, and the Isles of Wight, Man and Scilly - please see below)

Service Price Additional Information

Standard

£4.95

FREE

Most Standard Delivery parcels arrive within 2 working days of placement of your order.

Free Standard Delivery is offered on all orders of £100 or more.
Next Day £6.95

If you place an order by 2pm (UK time), Monday - Thursday, it will be delivered the next day*. Orders placed between 2pm on Thursday and 2pm on Friday will be delivered on the following Monday and orders placed between 2pm Friday and 2pm Monday will be delivered on the following Tuesday.

Saturday £11.95
(all order values)

Orders must be placed online by 2pm Friday to be delivered on the Saturday of the same week, otherwise it is assumed the order is for the following Saturday. Available for most UK Mainland Postcodes.

Next Day Before 12noon £12.95
(all values)

Available for most UK Mainland Postcodes.Orders must be placed online by 2pm for delivery the next working day.

Next Day Before 10am £19.95
(all values)

Available for most UK Mainland Postcodes.Orders must be placed online by 2pm for delivery the next working day.

Remote Areas - Northern Ireland, the Scottish Highlands & Islands, Isle of Wight, Isle of Man and The Scilly Isles

Delivery Service Price Additional Information

Standard

£9.95

We can only offer Standard Delivery to these parts of the UK and delivery times will vary locally. Typically, orders placed before 2pm should be received in 3 or 4 working days, although some of the most rural locations may take longer.** Free Standard Delivery to mainland UK addresses on orders over £100.