2009 Chardonnay


Colour: Straw.
Bouquet: Exhibits ripe citrus, minerality, hints of roasted nuts and toasty aromas together with savoury overtones derived from extended contact with yeast lees.
Palate: A rich full-bodied wine displaying flavours of ripe citrus, nuts and figs with a chalky textural yeast complexity, resulting in a stylish wine with balance and length.
Food Match: Shellfish, fish, white meats and especially a BBQ rack of pork.
Cellaring: Three to five years.
Winemakers: James Healy / Ivan Sutherland.


Growing Region Marlborough
Grape Variety Chardonnay
Alcohol 14.0%
pH 3.34
Acidity 6.8 g/l
Residual Sugar 1.9 g/l
Eighteen months
in French Oak barrels,
a small portion of which is new


ERobertParker.com, Lisa Perrotti-Brown, MW, October 2011

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

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