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Marlborough Chardonnay

8.7171 ratings
8.927 pro ratings
Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand
Chardonnay
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Top Notes For
Sipping Fine Wine

Pale lemon with aromas of stone fruits with wafts of blossom, spice & smoke. On the palate rich ripe apple and pear with a touch of zesty citrus fruits, crisp, with vanilla notes. Nice creamy mouthfeel, vivid acidity, medium+ finish ending with citrus mineral and floral spice character.

Pale lemon with aromas of stone fruits with wafts of blossom, spice & smoke. On the palate rich ripe apple and pear with a touch of zesty citrus fruits, crisp, with vanilla notes. Nice creamy mouthfeel, vivid acidity, medium+ finish ending with citrus mineral and floral spice character.

Feb 27th, 2021
Sipping Fine Wine

Pale lemon with aromas of stone fruits with light wafts of orange blossom and spice, spent 15 months on new French oak. On the palate rich ripe apple and pear with a touch of zesty citrus fruits, crisp, with toasty vanilla notes. Nice mouthfeel, vivid acidity, medium+ finish ending with citrus mineral spice character.

Pale lemon with aromas of stone fruits with light wafts of orange blossom and spice, spent 15 months on new French oak. On the palate rich ripe apple and pear with a touch of zesty citrus fruits, crisp, with toasty vanilla notes. Nice mouthfeel, vivid acidity, medium+ finish ending with citrus mineral spice character.

Oct 4th, 2020
Sipping Fine Wine

Pale lemon with aromas of stone fruits with light wafts of blossom and spice. On the palate rich ripe apple and pear with a touch of zesty citrus fruits, crisp, with vanilla notes. Nice mouthfeel, vivid acidity, medium+ finish ending with citrus mineral spice character.

Pale lemon with aromas of stone fruits with light wafts of blossom and spice. On the palate rich ripe apple and pear with a touch of zesty citrus fruits, crisp, with vanilla notes. Nice mouthfeel, vivid acidity, medium+ finish ending with citrus mineral spice character.

Oct 4th, 2020
Gabriele Rotti

Nice chardo, I had to try once but onestly not a great value for money in my opinion.

Nice chardo, I had to try once but onestly not a great value for money in my opinion.

May 3rd, 2019
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9.2

The 2016 Chardonnay has a more backward, perhaps more mineral-driven nose than the 2015, lighter yet very well defined and revealing touches of struck flint with time. The fresh, vibrant palate is well balanced, displaying a fine bead of acidity and leading to an elegant finish that just needs to develop more personality. Still a quality Chardonnay, though. (Neal Martin, Vinous, November 2016).

The 2016 Chardonnay has a more backward, perhaps more mineral-driven nose than the 2015, lighter yet very well defined and revealing touches of struck flint with time. The fresh, vibrant palate is well balanced, displaying a fine bead of acidity and leading to an elegant finish that just needs to develop more personality. Still a quality Chardonnay, though. (Neal Martin, Vinous, November 2016).

Mar 6th, 2019
Willem Jan Withagen

Thick but not too oaked. Lots of hints of Cream butter. High in citrus and ripe apples. A nose to keep sniffing.

Thick but not too oaked. Lots of hints of Cream butter. High in citrus and ripe apples. A nose to keep sniffing.

Dec 26th, 2018
Andrew Lampasone

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9.4

A serious Chardonnay without having lots of oak flinty smoky character reminiscent of a puligny mntrachet

A serious Chardonnay without having lots of oak flinty smoky character reminiscent of a puligny mntrachet

2 people found it helpfulOct 31st, 2013
Shirish Bhide

Lemon and citrus flavor with a hint of vanilla.

Lemon and citrus flavor with a hint of vanilla.

Jan 2nd, 2016
Alexandre Calvi

-2012- Surprising Chardonnay, pungent and ripe tropical fruit not too heavy

-2012- Surprising Chardonnay, pungent and ripe tropical fruit not too heavy

Sep 8th, 2015
Ronald Heijden

Nice new world Chardonnay not too much oak but made on the fruit

Nice new world Chardonnay not too much oak but made on the fruit

Jun 19th, 2015