There was a handwritten sign on the wall at the Red Velvet Lounge in Cygnet, our local coffee and cake respite from the Tasmanian weather. It said, “Sailor Seeks Horse” and went on to explain that the author had sailed solo around the world and ridden across the US from coast to coast and back again…on a mule. He’d then decided he wanted to travel around Tasmania by horse but didn’t have one. So, was there anyone who would lend him one? If they didn’t have a horse then a pony would do. It was an idea that resonated with us. Here we were, trying to do something a little bit crazy, without much money and requiring a little bit of help to get to where we wanted to be. - Paul & Gilli Lipscombe, winemakers.
4 clones (277, 95, 96 and 76), whole-bunch pressed, wild yeast, only 15% malo, balance on lees for 12 months without stirring in 20% new oak. Bottled unfined.
There is a great intensity on the nose, but not particularly of fruit flavours. You get more almond, nougat and honey scents with a little lemon rind and curd. The palate has a peachy plumpness, with flavours of citrus and yellow apple. This is a fuller textured Chardonnay, but leaves a minerally, almost chalky, grip on the finish. Like the 2017 vintage, the 2018 Chardonnay stands out for its texture. The wine is complex, yet quite restrained. The wines from the Sailor Seeks Horse stable have become firm favourites with the staff at Five Way Cellars. FWC