I’ve always been a fan but I am so very pleased about Chardonnay coming back on the radar of wine drinkers. Well, at least I think it is. Judging by the comments from a number of friends and work colleagues I’ve spoken to recently, this seems to be true. Most of them are asking for recommendations and the region or state doesn’t seem to be a consideration. I like that too.
Excellent aromas of lemons/limes, stone fruits and just a hint of flint/struck match sort of thing. These characters are also present on the palate which is both lush and lively at the same time. Very good fruit characters with peaches and citrus fruits (lemons & limes) the main players. Lovely palate weight thanks to some lees stirring resulting in a creaminess that compliments the aforementioned fruit characters very nicely, and a beautifully balanced, delicate yet flavoursome finish to round it all out perfectly.
This is a mighty fine Chardonnay and it stands to reason why it won the trophy for ‘Best White Wine of Show’ at the 2019 Orange Wine Show.
Region: Orange Region, NSW Price: $30 Source: Sample courtesy of Gartelmann Wines and Define Wine