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Plush, fruity, gently spicy, varietal bouquet of Chardonnay with aromas of white peach and apple, hints of clove and vanilla then a mineral core of dry stone. Weighty, fresh and dry on the palate with a fine creamy texture, flavours of peaches and apples, wood spices and stony minerality. Balanced, lengthy and totally enjoyable.
CAMERON DOUGLAS 90 POINTS
197 in stock
This wine is straw yellow in colour. Delicious fruit aromas of ripe peach and mango interlace with ripe pear and red apple notes. These primary aromas are backed up with complex hints of lemon curd, toasted almond and caramel. On the palate, this wine has a lovely weighty creaminess whilst retaining a pristine, fresh fruitiness. The flavours are mouthfilling and complex and give way to a long, juicy finish.
The growing season began with a roar. A wet winter had left soils saturated, and mild spring temperatures kicked off strong early canopy growth. Flowering was slightly earlier than average with vines in mid flower by late December. A little drizzle during flowering affected pollination and meant the bunches were open and had lots of smaller berries in them. After the wet winter and adequate rainfall during spring, the last significant rain of summer was on Christmas day when 27mls fell. For the rest of the growing season the warm dry weather was perfect for growing disease-free fruit and meant harvest was going to start early. The dry summer reduced the size of the grapes and so crops were a bit lighter than estimates had predicted. Vintage itself was really concentrated with all fruit harvested in 22 days compared to the 33 days over 2018. The 2019 harvest is of very high quality with pristine fruit and great flavours. Chardonnay flavours will be very concentrated and in a riper style than the past two vintages.
This wine is soft and smooth with a lovely polished feel. Plenty of wild fermentation has made it textural and complex whilst retaining fresh, bright acidity. The flavours are mouthfilling and give way to a long, juicy finish.
Meadowbank Vineyard, Southern Valleys, Marlborough, NZ.
Alc. 14 % RS. 2.4 g/L pH. 3.41 TA. 5.45 g/L
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