Raymond Chan, Dog Point Chardonnay 2013, 18.5/20

2013 Chardonnay

Brilliant, even, light golden-yellow colour, paler on rim. The nose is very elegant and refined, with concentrated and penetrating aromas of white and yellow stonefruits, citrus fruits entwined with fragrant, nutty oak, and stylish mineral and gunflint reductive complexities. Subtle oxidative detail unfolds with aeration, adding interest. Medium-bodied and elegantly proportioned, the palate is poised and finely balanced with lively citrus and stonefruit flavours that exude succulence and richness. The fruit is seamlessly melded with layers of gunflint, toasty oak and nutty detail, along with oxidative complexities. The mouthfeel is beautifully balanced with a very fine-textured line and refreshing, lacy acidity that carries the wine to a tightly concentrated, long lingering finish. This is an elegantly concentrated, stylishly rich, lively Chardonnay with complex and detailed layers of gunflint and nutty interest. Serve with seafood, poultry and pork over the next 5-6 years. Two-thirds Mendoza and one-third clone 95 fruit from the ‘Dog Point’ vineyard, hand-picked, WBP and barrel-fermented with full solids by indigenous yeasts to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 18 months in 15% new French oak, undergoing batonnage and MLF. 18.5+/20