Chardonnay 'Clayvin Vineyard', Wheeler&Fromm, Marlborough 2014
It is lunchtime on a grim winter Saturday and I have just opened a bottle of Clayvin's 2014 Chardonnay from Marlborough that my good friend Johnny Wheeler asked me to try. I was expecting a good quality NZ chardonnay but nothing like this so lunch has been postponed for the moment as I collect my thoughts.
It is without doubt the finest Chardonnay from New Zealand that I have tasted for several years. A beautifully made wine. Much more Burgundian than New World and if it was from Burgundy it would be double the price!
The sun has come out what a great glass of Chardonnay. Goodness me it was good! Back to lunch and another glass.
The nose is alluring, with butter cream and honeysuckle aromas that give way to fresh lemon peel and a delicately smoky white peach that is reminiscent of good white Burgundy. The palate exudes an elegance rarely seen in the Southern Hemisphere climes, with a wonderful, cleansing acidity.
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