Millton Estate Clos de Ste. Anne Chardonnay 2009

Millton Estate Clos de Ste. Anne Chardonnay 2009Clear light canary core with a very pale rim. Flint, minerals, pineapples and hazelnut cream on the nose. Clean and crisp with similar flavours on the palate. Elegant and restrained. Medium to medium-plus acid and length. Juicy; slightly spicy finish. Another excellent example of NZ chardonnay which didn’t see an overt use of oak. In fact, it was quite Chablis like.

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Kidnapper Cliffs Chardonnay 2009, Hawkes Bay, NZ

Kidnapper Cliffs Chardonnay 2009Bright light golden-yellow core; Flint, lemons, clover honey and hazelnut cream on the nose. Intense citrus profile on the palate with subtle nuances of hazelnut, vanilla and kumquat. Good structure and balance. Med+ acidity and med+ to long length. Excellent buy. One of the few NZ chardonnays which I found to be a cut above the rest (of the undrinkable mass-produced, heavily oaked, excessive butterscotch-laden chardy).

Church Road 2002 Cuve Series Chardonnay, Hawke’s Bay, NZ

Church Road Cuve Series Chardonnay 2002, Hawke's Bay, NZBright golden yellow core. Slightly flinty, ripe lemons, nutty, prominent honeyed character and a touch of Brett on the nose. Strong mineral tones with nuances of oak in the background but did not overpower the layers of fruit tones still present in the wine. Med to med+ acidity; med+ to long finish. A surprise really. Still amazingly bright and brimming with life. Can someone send me a plate of deep fried frogs’ legs please?

2007 Domaine Ganevat Chardonnay Grusse en Billat, Cotes du Jura, France

2007 Domaine Ganevat Chardonnay Grusse en BillatBack Label of Grusse en Billat 2007
Bright lemon yellow core. Pronounced lemon zest aromas; flinty, toasted almonds and a touch of vanilla on the nose. Plenty of minerality (think wet stones and sea shells), fresh lemons and pith, white pepper, and chalk on the palate. Med+ to hi acidity. Med+ finish. Quite an elegant (seems to be a firm stylistic approach of Ganevat, evident from the Poulsard I had recently) Chardonnay if you like clean, slightly more precise flavors, and a subtle use of oak. Oh, and to top it all off – it was biodynamically grown! đŸ™‚