THIS WILL GO DOWN AS ONE OF THE CHARDONNAY DEALS OF THE YEAR
93 POINTS | Cameron Douglas MS
In our book this stunning chardonnay is the star of Esk Valley’s exciting new Artisanal range; a series that allows celebrated winemaker Gordon Russell to make interesting, small batch wines that indulge his personal preferences, rather than being driven by the market dynamics of being part of the wider Villa Maria group of companies.
This is a stunning wine given the humble $19.99 we are asking; in fact we would happily sell this 2021 release at double the price and still consider it to be outstanding value.
Fruit from the Bay View and Maraekakaho sub-regions were fermented in French oak barriques with 50% then undergoing malolactic fermentation. Under Gordon's skillful hand these powerhouse winemaking techniques have been used with restraint, and the result is elegant and refined chardonnay with a lovely seam of fresh minerality that runs through the palate. While this wine is understated by traditional barrel-fermented standards, it is definitely not underwhelming. As the wine builds in the mouth, a full-bodied chardonnay with creamy mouthfeel is revealed, with classic flavours in the citrus / stonefruit spectrum. A magnificent buy. Purchase your share with our highest recommendation.
Cameron Douglas MS writes "Aromas of fresh peach and raw cashew nut, baked apple and vanilla spice, there’s a moment of fresh yoghurt suggestng some softening of acidity that works nicely alongside the barrel spice and toasty qualities. Plenty of weight and satin texture on the palate, dry with flavours of tree and orchard fruits, citrus and baking spice. The nutty cashew nut quality also returns. Youthful, refresging and dry. A lovely wine with best drinking from late 2022 through 2028+."