Dinner with Jeffrey: Served blind. Deep gold colour, like Rauno’s other Chardonnay. Under cork (Rauno said it was mashed and had to be pushed into the bottle). A bouquet of honey, grapefruit, spices and a little pineapple. Its development was expressed as a slightly Brie-like, oxidised note. On palate, superb, the best of the three Chardonnays. I need regular reminders as to the quality of mature LEAS Chardonnays. Honey combed and blanched almond flavoured, with citric and orchard fruit elements. Nice bright acidity, not however as racy as the Carrillon. I thought the LEAS was a white Burgundy although, with hindsight, the acid profile and the quite opulent fruit, should have told me it was from the New World. This LEAS should outlive the Carrillon (if your cork holds out). Drink or hold (depending on how developed you like your Chardonnays).
Complete surprise given it's apparent colour in the glass - not brown but obvious age. The nose also showed a lot of age. The palate however was total Burgundian -lovely intergrated fruit, minerality, and great length. Just delicious.
The Art Series Chardonnay is a golden yellow in colour, the nose takes some time to open up, after starting with grapefruit and melon it moves more towards fresh nougat and toffee.
The palate has tremendous depth and balance, given the wines age. The weight of fruit and precision of the acidity is a highlight given this wine is nearing it's 16th year in the bottle.
The wine initially has lively grapefruit and gunflint characters that are rounded by melon and burnt butter, together it provides an excellent mouth feel, the finish lingers with the same complex characters shown on the palate.
The wine still has some years left, but is in a great place at the moment. Review Link - www.winereviewer.com.au (drink from 2012-2015)
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