Brilliant light golden-yellow colour with some depth, a little lighter
on the edge. The nose is softly concentrated with good depth and intensity
of aromatic yellow stonefruits and citrus fruits, along with a little oak
vanillin providing lift, unfolding subtle nutty oak and creamy
barrel-ferment notes, and a little complexing oxidative detail.
Medium-bodied, the palate has sweetly rich and softly concentrated flavours
of yellow stonefruits and a little citrus fruit, along with creamy
barrel-ferment and lifted, nutty oak elements. The fruit forms a rounded,
moderately concentrated and well-balanced core, with a fresh underlay of
lacy acidity that lends freshness and energy. The wine carries with good
linearity to a lingering finish. This is a gently rounded and concentrated
Chardonnay with stonefruit, lifted oak vanillins and nutty oak detail on a
fresh, linear palate. Match with poultry and pork over the next 4 years.
100% Mendoza clone Chardonnay in approx. equal parts from Upper Dartmoor
and Bay View, hand-picked and WBP, 95% fermented in barrel and 5% in new
French oak 'Ovum' to 13.0% alc., the wine aged approx. 12 months in 25% new
Taransaud oak, undergoing batonnage and 100% MLF.
18.5/20, Raymond Chan Wine Reviews