Another great bottle ! Still lime green with gold touches. Nose lifted with scents of lemons, limes, white peach and pear. Touches of honey and hazelnut. Palate full with complex fruit and real drive and grip that define great Chardonnay from a privileged site. Great wine.
Glowing greeny gold in the glass. Rich, complex, powerful, looooong. I am no good with chardy flavour descriptors, so will leave those to others. But I know what I like. This. Needs a decant to be fully enjoyed now, years ahead of it. Really only hitting its stride after the bottle has been open five hours. 94 or 95. Sadly, the last of my 3 bottles.
'Nothing but Chardonnay' dinner with Peter Rosback: Under screwcap. Decanted 5-6 hours before tasting. Beating the 2001 Giaconda for my Australian WoTN. A big, powerful, sweetish nose of white peaches, apricots, grapefruits, musk and nutmeg, with a generous slug of vanillin oak. On palate, this is a deeply concentrated, big boned wine. It has Grand Cru Burgundy fruit weight and all of the tasters were picking it as Old World. It has the scale but with sufficient refinement, subtlety and detail of flavours, to retain your interest. Lactic and lower acid with a flavour profile matching the bouquet. Still fairly primary, this wine should still be improving over the next 5-10 years. 1=/3.
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(Leeuwin Estate Artist Series Chardonnay) #2; VaynerPAZZZ; COLOR-golden; NOSE-very oaked; big time oak and butter; a little candied green apple; big nose; a very New World chard nose; PALATE-good acid; a hair alcoholic; good creaminess; not a big as I expected; nice wine; I like this; some subtle bark; an almond paste flavor on the mid-palate is exceptional; a little watermelon rind on the back-end; it's delicious; BUT there's many wines for $35 that taste like this; WS-95; GV-90+