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This week, Penny Jones, winemaker at Bay of Fires Vineyard, Tasmania shares her top vino at the moment along with what cheese pairs perfectly with them!
Penny's favourite wine of the week
2018 Bay of Fires Chardonnay
Medium straw in colour, with a green hue. Lively aromas of white nectarine and fresh limes. Toasty oak with a hint of lemon curd richness and just a whiff of classic Bay of Fires flinty funk. A juicy but refined palate with a backbaone of mineral acidity and flavours of grapefruit and lime. The zippy mouthfeel is rounded with malolactic softness and structures with a sprinkling of charry French oak.
Why she loves it
I am always a big Chardonnay fan, but this wine is really beginning to soften and open, after its October release. It is the perfect accompaniment to Christmas turkey, and always a staple for our family Christmas celebrations.
Why people should try it
The Bay of Fires Chardonnay is quite classic in style. Big and rich with lots of toasty oak, bright lemon curd fruit and a creamy palate. Tasmanian Chardonnay maintains a crisp structure of natural acidity which holds all these components together ensuring a crisp yet juicy finish.
What cheese you would match with it
A rich and tangy cheddar, preferably a local one containing crunchy salt crystals, which melt in your mouth when eaten with Tassie Chardonnay. I love all the cheeses from Elgaar Farm, in Tasmania, which I pick up from my local harvest market on the weekend.