Complex ‘Burgundian‘ nose. Quite a departure on the nose from the Marlborough norm, although the palate with its vibrant acidity and quite rich fruit is more recognisable. Good palate breadth.
Expressive notes of ripe apricots, guava, green mango and apple tart over nuances of buttered oatmeal and crushed cashews. Full bodied, ripe and rich in the mouth, it has a wonderfully creamy texture and generous amount of fruit flavour, finishing long with lingering honeyed peach notes.
Nutty, creamy nose with acetone hints. Lemon pith. Decent, plump palate, with pleasantly balancing acidity.
An impressive Chardonnay. Made from 100% Mendoza (the so-called “hen and chicken” clone) this is very rich and concentrated, but has enough acidity for balance. Wild and slightly funky with honeyed richness and a subtle seam of vanilla oak.
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Judd is a talented photographer. His pictures heighten detail and intensify shading so that you can’t drag your eyes off them. The wines do the same; this Chardonnay repays attention.
Emphatic Chardonnay style. Decent lime freshness and weight, well controlled, integrated oak…this has the legs to last and become even more interesting.
Subtle, tangerine, apple with sharp acid giving real shivers. Some salty and creamy character. Minimal oak, ripe and yet linear.