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2014 Lowe Tinja Chardonnay


Product Description

The Lowe family’s ‘Tinja’ property has been in the family for five generations and is the home of the Lowe winery. It is here that the Tinja wines are made from grapes grown in premium wine regions of NSW.

It’s from Orange at 900m (a little lower than Nullo Mountain) but in 2014 it was the only organic white I could make. From the start it was to be unwooded as I was still damaged by the over-oaked wines I used to make, but that was 20 years ago. You find with these styles that wood really helps to lift a wine in its youth but the good wooded wines integrate over three years or so. So it’s a bit hard to say it’s unwooded because the wine has transformed with bottle age and different aromas and flavours are at work. To me it has this honeysuckle thing about it. Sometimes that means it’s Marsanne or Roussanne, but in this case it’s Chardonnay. Where these type of wines shine is served cold with good food at a table. They are a bit strong for a light glass by the condo. It’s strong, some age and very tasty but it’s for now or next year (not for the long term; 18 months will be too long).



Peter Chapman, Queensland Times, May 2015

It takes a lot of work to produce a quality organic chardonnay and that effort has paid off here for small wine producer Lowe. If you are into organic wines chase this down. Food: Seafood. Rating: 92/100.

Ben Malouf, Daily Telegraph, Reviews, March 2015
Lowe’s first organic chardonnay is a treat, especially if you enjoy a modern, soft style with no trace of wood. Don’t drink this drop super cold because it’ll supress this wine’s delicate flavours. Exceptionally refreshing with fresh melon notes and crisp acidity upfront. Year: 2014 Region: Mudgee, NSW Food: Chicken and leek pie Value: Awesome.

The AGE, June 24, 2014
"Lowe calls his wine "an antidote to the stuff we all used to make in the 80s". Read that as 'low-ish' in alcohol (12.5%), gentle on vanillin oak with pretty stone fruit tastes rather than excessively ripe banana and passionfruit. And, there's no residual sugar."

Once Upon a Wine, March 2015 
"The Tinja chardonnay certainly suited Onceuponawine's taste-buds as a lot of you will be aware, I prefer a chardonnay to be non-oaked. I honestly could not taste the presence of any oak in the bottle, even though there was a slight oak inclusion during it's maturation process. This wine is well integrated with lovely peach and stone fruit flavours. With a delicate balance of succulent and robust fruit characters and the minerality and purity from it's natural acidity, it was such an irresistible drinking wine... more"

Regan Drew, Vinonotebook. March 2015
"...Mandarins, limes, nectarine and hay. This is a tight, racy linear greyhound of a wine. Tangy flavours of lifted peach tea with the citrusy flavours well into the lime spectrum. Lingering blanched almonds compete with the natural Orange acid for the last tactile oral sensations. Dangerously placed at 13.4%, this carries itself light with any weight at all. Whilst this could easily last 3 years in the cellar, it was lucky to last 3 hours in this household."

Stuart Robinson, QWine, March 2015
"Intriguing aromas of baby spinach leaves, freshly torn basil, some citrus notes and some canned apple. The flavours aren't over the top but there is some depth and a warmth which sits long. There's a grip to the wine too which makes me think this would support food nicely. It reminds me of an Italian chicken dish I cook with fresh herbs and cherry tomatoes.  This would match perfectly."