TOUR DE FORCE AMERICAN CHARDONNAY | Beautiful wine and a veritable bargain at this price.
BEST OF SHOW US WHITE | Mundus Vini
91 POINTS | Wine Enthusiast
FIVE STARS 95/100 | Sam Kim, Wine Orbit
If you're a fan of powerhouse Californian Chardonnay this excellent Diora release will have you smiling from ear to ear. Vinted from Monterey fruit and 100% barrel fermented in French oak, this impressive, premium release has all the weight and creamy texture you expect from USA Chardonnay but brings so much more to the party. The traditional toasty oak and sizzled butter characters are there in abundance but the mid palate explodes with layers of tangy stonefruit flavours and the wine finishes with a beautifully balanced vein of fresh acidity that so many of its peers lack. It even comes screw capped. Boom!
Of all the Californian Chardonnays we have tried in recent years, this is head and shoulders our new favourite.
Buy with our highest recommendation.
Cellar for further enjoyment over the next 5 years.
Wine Enthusiast writes "91pts. Aromas of smoked apple, red pear and chamomile show on the nose of this bottling. There’s a flashy sizzle of acidity on the palate, where pineapple, Asian pear, toast and white peach make for a rich, creamy expression".
Winemaker James Ewart writes "This Chardonnay has a beautiful, golden hue with aromas of apples that mingle with toasted oak and hints of peach cobbler, coconut and pineapple. The delicate flavours of crème brûlée and vanilla bean give way to lovely notes of key lime, white peach and butterscotch in a medium-bodied mouthfeel."