2021 Joshua Cooper Dash Farm Vineyard Chardonnay, Bendigo, Australia
Planted in 1999, Dash Farms sits at nearly 1500 ft. on the southern granitic slopes of Mt. Alexander (Leanganook) looking back towards Mt. Macedon and the Macedon Ranges. Like Ray-Monde, it sits just outside the Macedon Ranges GI. Ripening for Chardonnay occurs around a week earlier than Josh’s family’s vineyard, Cobaw Ridge. The lean granite soils and high altitude confer both concentration and freshness at low sugar levels.
Once hand harvested with careful sorting in the vineyard, the bunches were partially crushed by foot and very gently pressed. Overnight settling then occurs before transfer to a combination of new Stockinger 300l oak and Burgundian piece for fermentation and lees aging for 12 months. This is followed by four months in stainless steel on fine lees, before racking and bottling, unfined and unfiltered. The only addition to the wine is a small dose of sulphur.
- Country Australia
- Region Victoria
- Appellation Bendigo
- Style White Wine
- Producer Joshua Cooper
- Farming Practices Organic
- Grapes Chardonnay
- Food Pairings Roast White Meats, White Sauce, Fried Food, Stinky Cheese, Fresh Seafood
- Characteristics Big Power, Dressed to Impress, Flexes w/ Food, Bright and Fresh