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Josef Chromy

1216b Pipers Brook Rd, 7254

Cellar Door: Daily (10-5)

Ph: (03) 6335 8700

Josef Chromy cellar door entrance (photo: genxywines)
wine label

A new relatively new but ambitious venture started in 2004 by regional pioneer and entrepreneur, Josef Chromy.

This 61-hectare vineyard just to the south of the Launceston suburban spawl produces Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Gewurtztraminer, sparkling, Botrytis and a Pinot port. Everything is estate grown.

Back in 1994 Jospeh Chromy established one of Northern Tasmania’s largest wineries, Tamar Ridge, before it was taken over by the forestry company Gunn Limited in 2003. Joseph also for a while owned the Heemskerk Vineyard that co-produced the famous Jansz sparkling brand (it is has recently been resurrected as a Fosters brand).

Jeremy Dineen, the long-time former winemaker at Hood/Wellington, is the winemaker.

The complex has restaurant and functions facilities.

Inside Josef Chromy cellar door (photo: genxywines)
Tasting Notes

There are three types of Tasting notes:

(W) Notes from the winery (blurbs from bottle)

(GXY) Notes from a GenXY wine reviewer

(G) Notes from GenXY's Tasting events (collective opinions)

New reviews

Josef Chromy Riesling 2015

Purchased: Not ($28)

Drink:2017 or 2025 if you like it toasty  

(GXY) Tasting: June 2016, elegant, dry style, baked apple and lime sorbet with brown spice notes, attractive talcy backbone with limey acidity building intensity down the palate (****)

Josef Chromy Sauvignon Blanc 2014

Purchased: Not ($28)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting:: Sept 2015, intense and nettly guava and lemon with a hint of blackcurrant and elderflower on the nose, bright lemony acidity with refreshing quinine-like minerality, closer to Adelaide Hills in style than Marlborough (****)

Josef Chromy Pinot Noir 2014

Purchased: Not ($38)

Drink: 2020

(GXY) Tasting:: Sept 2015, 25% whole bunch inclusion, plumpish black cherry and mulberry with violet florals, white pepper and a touch of sage, medium bodied and supple with clove/dark chocolate oak influence on the finish (***1/2)

Josef Chromy Sparkling Cuvee NV

Purchased: Not ($30)

Drink: 2017

(GXY) Tasting:: Sept 2015, slightly broad but fresh lemon, green apple and lime zest with some autolytic savoury yeast development, lively mousse and bead, dosage is well controlled (***1/2)

Josef Chromy Pinot Noir 2013

Purchased: Not ($34)

Drink: 2019

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2014, quite ripe and juicy cherry, mulberry and blueberry with violet and sage notes, plumpish, medium bodied palate with some cream soda on the back half, underpinned with fine savoury tannin and toasty cinnamon/vanilla oak (***1/2)

Josef Chromy SGR Delikat Riesling 2012

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink: 2018

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2013, Trophy at International Sweet Wine Challenge 2012, 60 gms/l residual sugar, floral, sweet and spicy lime cordial, passionfruit and granny smith apples with jasmine notes and musky spices, minerally with the well judged, vibrant acidity stopping the wine from getting cloying, wet slate finish and clean phenolics (****1/2)

Josef Chromy Pepik Pinot Noir 2012

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2013, soft, entry level style showing sour red cherry and cranberry with musky spice notes and a touch of earthiness, medium bodied palate with fine. Loose knit tannins and the rich sweet vanilla-dark chocolate oak (***)

Josef Chromy SGR Delikat Riesling 2011

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink: 2013 or 2018+ if you like it toasty

(GXY) Tasting:  Aug 2012, this time SGR stands for seventy grams of residual sugar, medium-sweet spatlese style with ripe apricot,  lime marmalade and red apple with  jasmine florals, spicy with chalky minerality and good intensity, the cold vintage has given this better natural acid balance than normal, low 7.5% alcohol (****)

Josef Chromy Pepik Pinot Noir 2011

Purchased: Not ($22)

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting:  Aug 2012, entry style and a little less fleshy this vintage, sour red cherry  and  plum with rose petal notes and a touch of earthiness, firmish and medium bodied palate with rounded tannins and plenty of sweet vanilla-dark chocolate oak (***)

Josef Chromy Riesling 2010

Purchased: Not ($26)

Drink: 2012 or 2020 if you like it toasty

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2011, dry and austere pear, lemon rind and green apple with some brown spice and lavender nuances, fine, flinty and delicate bath powder texture, citric acids build intensity along palate leading to a lingering, savoury finish (****)

Josef Chromy Pinot Noir 2010

Purchased: Not ($33)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2011, floral, fairly diffuse and light-medium bodied strawberry and red cherry with violet and rose petal notes, light stemminess with fine tannins, varietal but not enough complexity for the style (***1/2)

Josef Chromy Chardonnay 2010

Purchased: Not ($33)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2011, fuller barrel fermented and leesy style showing white peach and lemon with grilled nut and quince notes, savoury, minerally and softly textured palate with fresh grapefruit acidity (***1/2)

Josef Chromy Pepik Chardonnay 2010

Purchased: Not ($18)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2011, Gold Medal at Tasmanian Wine Show 2011, clean and expressive nectarine, green apple and pear with a touch of guava sweetness, toasty cashew-vanilla oak with tangy grapefruit acid drive lifting this above the average entry level Chardonnay, still a bit broad to me to warrant a higher score (***1/2)

Josef Chromy Pepik Pinot Noir 2010

Purchased: Not ($18)

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2011, entry style showing bright and expressive strawberry and sour red cherry with floral notes, medium bodied and slightly forward palate with soft tannins and sweet vanilla-dark chocolate oak (***)

Josef Chromy Riesling 2009

Purchased: Not ($24)

Drink: 2011 or 2017 if you like it toasty

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2010, lively green apple and lemon rind with almond and jasmine notes, savoury with a very fine talcy texture, persistent flinty finish (***1/2)

Josef Chromy Chardonnay 2007

Purchased: Not ($28)

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting: July 2009, stylish lemon citrus, stonefruit and melon, nutty, textured and savoury with a taut mid-palate, chalky grapefruit acid although the oak is fairly overt (****)

Josef Chromy SGR Riesling 2008

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting: July 2009, SGR stands for sixty grams of residual sugar, sweet spatlese style with ripe apricot and lime marmalade, spicy with chalky minerality and balanced citrus acids, good length (***1/2)

Josef Chromy Gewurztraminer 2008

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink: 2011

(GXY) Tasting: July 2009, grapey musk and rose petals, dry with a hint of cinnamon, chalky finish, expression is not particularly varietal (***)

Josef Chromy Pipek Pinot Noir 2008

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: July 2009, light entry style showing sweet red cherry and strawberry with some dried herb and pepper notes but not particularly complex (***)

Josef Chromy Pinot Gris 2008

Purchased: Not ($27)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: July 2009, musky pear and melon with some ripe tropical fruit and apricot notes, fresh lemon acids, chalky finish (***)

Josef Chromy Pinot Noir 2007

Purchased: Dan Murphys, Melb CBD ($25)

Drink: 2011

(GXY) Tasting: Mar 2009, fragrant nose, ripe plum, cherry and raspberry with a light dusting of brown spices, good depth with tightly knit fine tannins, tangy acids, there is a touch of flat sarsparilla and dark chocolate on the finish, supple mouth feel and crowd pleasing charm (****)

Josef Chromy Pinot Noir 2006

Purchased: Decanters By The Bay, Port Melbourne ($26)

Drink: 2011

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2008, attractive and harmonious style showing red cherry, raspberry and black cherry, the fruit is fully ripe with just enough sappy acids to keep the balance, minerally underlying texture, silky tannins with slightly smoky and savoury French oak and a touch of dark chocolate, just needs a bit more length on the finish to go to the next level (****)

Josef Chromy Chardonnay 2004

Purchased: Not ($26)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: Tasting: June 2007, ripe melon, peach and nectarine flavours, buttery palate with obvious toasty cedar-vanilla oak, well balanced acidity holds it together (***1/2)

Josef Chromy Riesling 2006

Purchased: Not ($26)

Drink: 2008 or 2015 if you like it toasty

(GXY) Tasting: Tasting: June 2007, lime and green apple flavours, lighter but dry style with gentle underlying minerality and a crisp lemon acid finish (***)