Lemon, apricot and grapefruit balanced by still noticeable oak on the nose and palate. Crisp acidity and a stoniness round out the palate. Still a little too much noticeable wood for me, but that should moderate over time. Consumed over 1.5 hours with a light savory cod dish, but this wine would pair well with a variety of foods. Better after an hour of air time and warming to room temperature.
Into the decanter for one hour. Pale yellow gold in colour. Big grapefruit, citrus vanillin nose. Medium body, medium oak entry, grapefruit, citrus of oranges and lime zest, stone fruit, apricot, slight heat on the palate, zesty acidity, and a return to light oak on the finish. Ageing well at the moment, powerful, a serious Australian Chardonnay that suits much cellar time. My point would be, there are many very good Australian Chardonnays at two-thirds of the price point that are more accessible from the '09 and '10 vintages. For my palate, I prefer a more judicious time in oak and would drink Bass Phillip Premium and Hillcrest Premium Chardonnays ahead of Leeuwin. I think this type of Chardonnay requires 6-8 years of cellar time to make its point.
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