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Desert Heart ‘Untamed Heart’ Chardonnay 2015

15 September,2017
Following a hiatus, Denny Downie and Jane Gill, the Desert Heart girls, are back in action, with a new home site on Felton Road where they will soon open their cellar door. They are selling stocks of wine held back, but these are rapidly dwindling, and they have been making wine from vineyards of their friends and neighbours, to supplement that which will eventually come their own vines. The Desert Heart ‘Renaissance’ Chardonnay 2012 was a real success (click here to see my review), so Denny and Jane have wished to continue with the variety in their portfolio. Unfortunately, in 2015, suitable fruit up to the required standard from Central Otago just wasn’t available. In fact there is very little Central Otago fruit available on the market nowadays. Denny says she "spent an inordinate amount of time endeavouring to buy Chardonnay grapes, firstly in Bannockburn, and also in Central Otago…I also tried Waitaki to no avail”. Going further afield she found a Chardonnay wine in Marlborough "through a respectable winery”, that would work in the ‘Untamed Heart’ second tier. The wine is "fruit-driven and lightly oaked”. I review the wine here.


Desert Heart ‘Untamed Heart’ Chardonnay 2015

Chardonnay from New Zealand – Marlborough

Bright, light straw-yellow colour with slight green hues, paler on the rim. The nose is elegantly concentrated and tightly bound with a concentrated core of fresh citrus fruit and white and yellow stonefruits, entwined with subtle notes of nutty and spicy oak, and suggestions of creamy lemon-curd MLF. Medium-bodied, the palate has an elegant and harmoniously concentrated heart with flavours of citrus fruit and stonefruits intermingling with spicy oak and hints of lemon-curd MLF. The mouthfeel has good presence and freshness with lively, lacy acidity, and the wine flows with energy and drive along a fine-textured line, leading to a lingering finish of stonefruits and nutty, spicy oak. This is an elegant, harmoniously concentrated Chardonnay with stonefruit, citrus fruit and spicy, nutty oak on a fresh, linear palate. Serve with seafood, poultry and pork over the next 4 years. Marlborough fruit, clones Mendoza, 6 and 15 fermented in tank and seasoned oak to 13.0% alc. the wine undergoing batonnage and MLF. 17.5/20 Sep 2017 RRP $25.00

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