Travis Tausend Albert Chardonnay 2020
Travis Tausend we first met when he was manning the helm of Høst Wine Imports, where he brought some of the most esoteric and intriguing wines into the country, capturing the imagination of drinkers nationwide.
His own wines that he makes from the Adelaide Hills are an extension of his own personailty, engaging, in touch with the earth and full of bright intensity.
I asked Travis to match an album with each of these new releases to which he kindly obliged, with a succinct explanation, followed by his notes on the wines.
Albert : steely Dan “katie lied”…. Why: Rose darling my friend, with only you and what I’ve found, we’ll wear the weary hours down” fucking genius.
I love this vineyard… it’s hard to get right with the pruning, heaps of vigour and the fruit is pretty temperamental. Having said all that, the quality is so good. Hand picked and pressed where the bulk of the ferment happens. Then transferred to barrel and left untouched for 6 months. I then bottle the wine and allow the wine almost a year to rest. Plenty of saline and nutty characters here from the oxidative time in barrel but I think it has a fine focus that is delicate but drives the palate.
Region: Adelaide Hills