🎄 Advent Halfy Calendar Day 17 🎄
🎅 Santa says “Rudolf’s got his eyes & big red nose on this one 😁”
📝 I say for a retail price of £14 for 75cl this is a cracking quaffer of a Chablis - a real winner for spring & summer 👍
⏩ 🍾 Mrs E got Ayala Brut Majour NV
📍 Domaine du Colombier Petit Chablis 2015
🏵 92 points
🍷 Light straw yellow
👃 Fresh & crisp cut green apple, pear, vanilla & soft citrus w/ a touch of chalky mineral, hints of tropical fruits, nuts & apricot w/ no oak evident
👄 Med body of creamy fresh punchy green apple & citrus w/ conference pear, vanilla & a hint of apricot
🎯 Med+ fresh zingy & creamy slight sweet pear driven green fruits w/ a touch of vanilla citrus & chalky mineral
— a day ago
This 2017 is a very lovely bottle of Chardonnay. Aromatically complex in the early going- showing lots of citrus blossom, honeysuckle and orchard fruit aromas. Ripe peach, hints of tropical fruit, sweet butter and toasted hazelnut flavors all very present. The freshness, lift and subtle minerality make this wine feel very kinetic and alive. Burgundy of this quality is consistently twice the price, and I predict a very nice aging trajectory here as well. Superb quality, great balance. — 4 days ago
Company holiday party this evening, starting in the hotel room with this bottle... I'm fully aware that anything else will be downhill tonight, but best to enjoy while our palates are fresh.
Nose has citrus skin, wet calcareous minerals and faint oak.
Palate has lemon-apple, great acidity, perfect minerality, lemon curd lite. Very long finish, this wine is so young!
Evolving red fruits, light spring strawberry has appeared. — 4 days ago
🎄 Advent Halfy Calendar Day 15 🎄
🎅 Santa says “Looks like I’ve been a good boy for Christmas to 😃”
📝 I say this is drinking stunningly now in a Zalto Burgundy glass but will age amazingly - truly one of the best chardonnays out there 😍
⏩ 🍾 Mrs E got Bollinger Rose NV
📍 Gaja Gaia & Rey 2015
🏵 96 points w/ bigger potential
🍷 Clear straw yellow
👃 Tropical mango fruits through green apple & citrus in soft mineral rock w/ a smokey backbone, peach, honey & a light herb oxidative baked brioche tone
👄 Med+ creamy smooth silky body of apple cream, honey butter & citrus curd w/ tropical marmalade w/ a touch of minerality in med acidity
🎯 Long buttery tropical, green apple & citrus balanced creamy coating linger w/ a mineral & herby peach tickle — 3 days ago
Моченые яблоки, ферментированный лимон, черемша, солёный зелёный помидор, ананас, лайм, свежая трава. Мутный цвет, среднее тело с чуть жёвкой сочностью, яркой кислотностью и заметной минеральностью. Натурально и не совсем чисто, но при этом очень легко, свежо и обаятельно, с внутренним напряжением и уверенной структурой. Интересное сочетание спелых цитрусов, зеленоватых обертонов и солоноватого послевкусия. Естественно, серьезно и небанально. — 4 days ago
At the Downs Club Magnum Christmas Dinner. A tinge of green to the Lemon yellow colour - very youthful. Restrained for an Art Series where temporarily they joined the Aussie trend at the time for leaner sulphidic burnt match aromas. This is a good balance between their normal peaches and cream and the leaner crisper style. This was an excellent wine and remains one of Australia’s best Chardonnays. — 3 days ago
Had this about a year ago and wanted to see how this developed. Nickel & Nickel exclusively produces 100% varietal, single-vineyard wines that express the distinctive personality of each vineyard. Established in 1997 by the partners of Far Niente. Aromas of ripe stone fruit and citrus. On the palate subtle apple, melon and pear flavors, with some lemon zest, vanilla and mineral notes. Nice round balance with tamed acidity on lingering finish, rich minerality. Nice mouthfeel, Classic, very nice! perfect now! — 21 hours ago
🎄 Advent Halfy Calendar Day 09 🎄
🎅 Santa says “Opulent, Exotic & Spicy are also words Mrs Claus uses to describe me 😊 it is that Erotic 🤔 ”
📝 I say a wine I’ve been dying to try for donkeys years & it sure delivers but it’s darn expensive Ho bloody Ho - at least it’s not over syrupy like many from here 😉
⏩ 🍾 Mrs E got Nyetimber Brut Rose NV
📍 Kistler Vine Hill Vineyard Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2014
🏵 94 points
🍷 Golden rich yellow
👃 Soft melon & pineapple driven tropical exotic fruits, honey & vanilla w/ a touch of mineral, citrus, green apple, cut grass & a light smokey spiced oak & date backbone
👄 Med+ body of waxy opulent creamy tangy citrus & green apple through punchy tropical gooey fruits in med acidity w/ a fine mineral & honey touch
🎯 Long mouth coating citrus & tropical honeyed fruits linger w/ a touch of dry lime, green apple & minerality linger
— 9 days ago
Quite light colour, touch of green even in the rim still. Mineral and crustacean shells, some white stone fruit also. Very much alive. The palate continues along the same theme , mineral driven , notes of the sea and the cool , peach flavours . Reasonable length and nicely balanced, complex also, certainly comes across as younger than 19 which is a credit to itself . Quite satisfying — a month ago
@Delectable Wine this is the 2017 Ataraxia Cape Winemakers Guild Under the Gravel Chardonnay.
Our first time every at the Cape Winemakers Guild Auction and we will make sure to come back! (Tasting was on 9/28/18).
Tenth wine at the Friday Auction Tasting for the Cape Winemakers Guild and eighth still white wine. This is made up of 100% Chardonnay by Kevin Grant from the Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge region. Aged for nine months in tight-grained Burgundian French oak. Only 61 cases produced with 40 being auctioned in 2018.
Very light pale greenish yellow. Fresh and elegant nose with white blossoms, honeysuckle and citrus. Medium plus acidity (7/10) with a light plus body. Crisp and clean on the palate with tons of minerality, green apples and a little floral. Long finish. Drink from 2019 till 2027.
$$ - Tasted at the Cape Winemakers Auction. Average bid at auction was R2,989.00 ($35.20 a bottle) a case. Highest bid was R3,800.00 ($44.75 a bottle) and lowest bid was R2,400.00 ($28.26 a bottle).
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— 3 months ago