FIVE STARS 95/100 | Sam Kim, Wine Orbit
94 POINTS | Cameron Douglas MS
Butterworth Estate (formerly Julicher) is now owned by renowned sailor Brad Butterworth and his love of the sport has made its way through to their wines. The logo is a J-Knot - the strongest knot you can tie - and it's also a nod to Julicher and the history of the winery. We're not the only ones who are big fans of this range, the Butterworth wines were the toast of Auckland during the Americas Cup earlier this year and the new releases have been receiving rave reviews.
Their Te Muna Chardonnay is in stunning form. Premium fruit was hand picked and whole bunch pressed before fermentation in a mixture of new and old oak. The palate carries spicy oak notes with stonefruit characters and a crisp line of acidity. Excellent concentration and texture. It's drinking well now but will develop nicely if you want to tuck some away for a few years. Stock is limited.
Sam Kim writes "Supremely elegant and seductively complex, showing nectarine, fresh fig, roasted hazelnut and vanilla characters with a hint of brioche on the nose. The concentrated palate exhibits excellent focus and flow, wonderfully enhanced by creamy texture and beautifully pitched acidity, finishing impressively long and refined."
Cameron Douglas MS writes "A complex and alluring bouquet that increases in its intensity as the wine open up in glass and the scents are released. Aromas of peach and quince, apple and grapefruit ten blossoms and layering of vanilla scented French barrel. There is a message of mineral earth and sweet air highlights. On the palate - a lovely mouthfeel engages the palate first followed by flavours of fresh and fleshy stone fruits, tree fruits and barrel spices. Youthful, new and vibrant with some cellar time an easy decision if you can wait."