Balance is a term that gets used a lot these days. Balanced diet, balance the books, work/life balance, bank balance to name but a few (the ones that seem to be reminded of on a regular basis). There is one type of ‘balance’ that I like to smell, taste and enjoy everyday. Balanced wine.
This one from Gartelmann Wines doesn’t just fall into this category, it slips into the top of it with ease.
It has great aromas of (a sort of) creaminess, delicate citrus and minerally notes. Wait until you taste it. Actually, I bet, if you’re like me, you can’t wait. It wants the attention to let it be known how good it is.
It’s a rich wine without being full on, it’s textural without taking anything away from the quality citrus and stone fruit characteristics. What must be said is the oak has been perfectly played. This is where that term ‘balance’ comes in. The fruit, the acid, the oak, are exactly that. Balanced. And brace yourself for the finish. It doesn’t give up too easily. Really good Chardonnay, right here, from the Orange region of New South Wales. It definitely deserved its gold medal at the Orange Wine Show this year.
Region: Orange, NSW Price: $40 Source: Sample courtesy of Gartelmann Wines and Define Wine