Charles Wiffen Marlborough Chardonnay 2009

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Marlborough
Review Date : 05-Aug-2011
Mendoza and clone 15 from well-established vines, fully barrel-fermented to 13.6% alc., the wine aged 9 months in 28.4% new French oak barriques, with lees aging and partial MLF. Brilliant, light golden-straw colour with a pale edge, this has an intense nose of ripe citrus fruit with plenty of mealiness and nutty notes and distinctive toastiness, all in proportion and harmonious in interaction. A medium-full bodied wine, this is crisp and fresh with very intense citrus fruit intermingling with mealy, nutty flavours and an abundance of toasty oak. The flavours unfold in the glass and are mouthfilling, the richness and alcohol providing warmth and power, but there is plenty of crisp acidity for freshness and liveliness. The wine retains a degree of elegance by way of its balance, and a feature is the very long, sustained finish with citrus and oak nuances. Match with roasted and grilled seafood, poultry and pork dishes over the next 4-5+ years. 19.0/20 Aug 2011 RRP $24.55 Made from mainly Mendoza clone fermented to 13.6% alc., the wine spent 9 months in new and seasoned French oak barrels. Bright straw-yellow with light golden hues, this has a voluminous and intense bouquet of citrus fruit, mealy, nuttiness and spicy-sweet oak vanillins. On palate, waves of flavour unfold. Citrus fruits, mealiness, toasty oak, nuts and smoke fill the mouth, making this a rich and intense wine that is in full harmony. Simply a sensational, classy, flavoursome wine that will match the best pork and poultry dishes. Drink over the next 3-5 years. Apr 2011 Disclaimer: This wine is distributed by ‘Wine2Trade', the company under which ‘Raymond Chan Wine Reviews' operates

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