Greywacke Marlborough Chardonnay 2012

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Marlborough
Review Date : 02-Oct-2017
Very pale straw colour. This is elegant in expression with some secondary earthy and herby notes to the white stonefruits, nuts and a little flintiness. This shows a cooler vintage with its more modest dimensions. Still rich and sweet fruited, quite luscious even, and finely concentrated, Some flinty and nutty interest, a touch of cool herb suggestions. The freshness will allow it to keep 3-4 years. I was quite taken by this in its youth, the wine beautifully elegant and showing plenty on release. Its true character has slowly revealed itself to me now. 18.5/20 Sep 2017 RRP $N/A Clones Mendoza and 95, fully wild yeast barreL-fermented with half on full solids, aged 18 months in barrel with 100% MLF. I rated this extremely highly at the Negociants Winemakers Tour held recently (click here to see my note). On this occasion at Loretta, the wine was more rich fruit-focussed rather than featuring winemaker input complexities which seduced me previously. Full, light golden-yellow colour. The nose is full and deeply concentrated with soft layers of savoury citrus and yellow stonefruits, along with subtle nutty and leesy nuances in support. The mouthfeel is fulsome, rich and creamy from the barrel-ferment, unfolding layers of luscious stonefruits and citrus fruits, and subtle savoury nutty elements. This has underlying power and good fresh drive, carrying the fulsome palate to a long finish. 19.0-/20 Sep 2015 RRP $41.95

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