2019 Collector Wines Tiger Tiger Chardonnay


Region: Canberra District

Viticulture: Conventional

Winemaker: Alex McKay

Established:  2005

Vineyards are located between 610 and 760m altitude at the foothills of the Snowy Mountains in Tumbarumba, NSW.  The Cool Climate sites offer exceptional conditions for growing Chardonnay. The grapes were whole bunch pressed and run to a mix of new and old French  oak for fermentation.  Each parcel underwent a full malolactic fermentation and was aged on lees before blending and bottling.

The wine is fresh  with aromas of white flowers, grapefruit and flint.  A changing and complex wine of depth and concentration that with time in the glass reveals lemon curd, brioche and spent matchsticks. The palate is focussed, mouth-filling and long.  The wine will metamorphose and take on complexity with age.

Sommelier’s Recommendation: Aussie Chardonnay is leading the charge back onto the World Stage and our cool climate areas are the most exciting. Letting the perfectly ripened fruit shine and a deft touch of oak, this wine is yummy whilst showing many layers of complexity

Alex McKay started Collector Wines in 2005 with just a handful of cool climate shiraz and a determination to make elegant, long-lived wines. Fast forward to today, and Collector Wines are known for wines that sing with a purity of regional expression and varietal definition. Their grapes come from vineyards dotted around the Canberra District and region.

Alex is the ultimate collector, carefully working with the best parcels of fruit to craft wines that perfectly express their varietal and place. His vision for the wine begins in the vineyard, as each site requires its own approach. For the vineyards he manages, their practices are oriented towards building up soil carbon, water-holding capacity and vineyard biodiversity. Alex also works closely with select growers in the region and beyond. In the winery, attention to detail and discipline ensure a consistent focus on quality.

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