Naturally fermented in French Oak barrels, 15% new, with 100% malo-lactic, the 2009 Chardonnay was matured for 18 months in oak. It has a yeasty/toasty/nutty character with underlying ripe apricot, apple tart and pineapple notes. Medium full bodied and richly fruited in the mouth, the palate offers a nice contrast between stone fruit and savory flavors balanced by crisp acid and finishing long and mealy. Drink it now to 2016+. 92/100
This is a big, serious wine, delicious mid-winter (unchilled of course) and will bring a smile to all those who love Chardonnay with its clean, ripe intensity. The oak handling is remarkable in that it does not overtly show in oaky flavours yet has clearly had an effect on the wine. Mouth filling, hearty, dry.