Matchbook The Arsonist Chardonnay 2018, California 

Chardonnay from USA
Review Date : 30-Sep-2021
Bright, medium straw-yellow, even colour throughout. The nose is gently full with rich aromas of melon, citrus and suggestions of banana, entwined with subtle caramel, roasted cashews and clarified butter. Full-bodied, ripe fruit nuances of melon, banana and citrus hints enriched by roasted nuts, soft caramel and melded butter on baguette. The mouthfeel is creamy and abundant; fine-textured phenolics added details. Balanced acidity carries a smooth flow with a touch of sugar sweetness contributes to weight. Match with garlic butter prawns and roasted chicken over the next 3-4 years. Fruit was from Dunnigan Hills, barrel-fermented to 14.4% alc, frequent lees stirred, 100% MLF, best barrel selection. Final blend aged in 30% new oak, 27% second fill, 14% third fill, 29% neutral oak, in a mixture of French, Hungarian and Hybrid (American/Eastern European) oak. 18.5/20 pts (93 pts) Sept 2021 RRP $40

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