thankfully this bottle had survived and whilst certainly mature it displayed a nice elegant balance with that almost beeswax aspect that I find in some SA Chardonnay such as Hamilton Russell or Meerlust. Lovely wine that drank perfectly with chicken in a cream and mushroom sauce.
I didn't mark "flawed" but I'm not sure I shouldn't. This one was pretty heavily oxidized. Too bad because you could still feel the overall structure of the wine and the significant acidity was still there. A ghost of what used to be. The fruit was gone replaced with a sherry/oak center. Bummer.
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(Hamilton Russell Vineyards Chardonnay) Light golden yellow color; VA, pineapple, lemon cream, almond, toasty oak nose; good texture, youthful, lemon cream palate with good acidity; medium-plus finish 92+ pts. (has aging potential; 8 mos. in oak, 31% new French)
(Hamilton Russell Vineyards Chardonnay) Light medium yellow color with greenish cast; oak, banana, baked lemon, floral nose; creamy textured, ripe lemon, pear, banana, oak palate; medium finish 88+ pts. (8 mos. in barrel, 100% French oak)
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