Excellent. Waxy, cream cheese icing, creamy nose. Since 2010, the buttery aspects have evolved into creamy, almost oily texture. The citrus component has lost its lime edge and is now more lemon-orange. Drink now-2017.
Leeuwin Estate Art Series Chardonnay (AuZone, Stockholm): Bright yellow. The nose is slightly smoky, shows ripe yellow fruit, some citrus, honey, spice, some flower, some nuts, with development in evidence. The palate has powerful citrus notes, some honey, mineral and mint, good acidity, and a long minerally aftertaste. Good development, but also has freshness.
Dinner at Michelle and Boren's (Sydney, Australia): Coming to the end of its drinking window, but this was a good wine that was very much enjoyed by all. It had a ripe nose that could not be anything but a new world Chardonnay, with rich yellow stone fruit aromas shaded by tropical tones and developed scents of honey, caramel and spice. A hint of buttery oak and oatmeal more or less confirmed that it was new world for me. A decent nose though. The palate was pretty large scaled, but also very well-controlled, with quite a good amount of orangey citrus acidity laced through its ripe stone fruit flavours, with nectarines at the fore, and then pineapple tones at the midpalate before another toasty, oatmeal twist and a nice dose of spiciness at the end. This was quite nice indeed, but about time to drink up I think, as the wine seem to be coming apart and losing its shape slightly at the edges.
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