ONE OF THE BEST AMERICAN CHARDONNAYS WE HAVE TASTED IN THIS PRICE BAND.
FIVE STARS 93/100 | Sam Kim, Wine Orbit "Wonderfully ripe and immediately appealing"
Fans of bold, mouthfilling Californian Chardonnay, it's time to focus. Matchbook 2018 from the Dunnigan Hills sub region is an exciting new release to hit the New Zealand market and in our view, it is clearly the best of the USA Chardonnays we have seen in this price bracket in recent years.
Dry to taste and overflowing with ripe stonefruit, lemon crème brûlée, sizzled butter and toasty oak flavours, this is everything you can ask for in American Chardonnay and seeing wine of this calibre in the sub$20 bracket is a massive win for local fans of robust Chardonnay.
Thankfully Matchbook sidesteps the sweeter fruit characters of some of the market leaders in this category and has been handled with respect in the winery. It has been barrel fermented in a combination of French, American & European oak and that regime has added further weight and complexity to this impressive, opulent wine.
The results and the critical acclaim speaks for themselves. Buy with our highest recommendation.
Sam Kim writes "Wonderfully ripe and immediately appealing, the bouquet shows golden peach, baked fig, nougat and subtle butterscotch characters. It's succulent, supple and creamy on the palate with excellent mid-palate weight, combined with silky texture and refreshing acidity, finishing long and satisfying."
Wine Enthusiast writes "This is a solid, well-made wine that nicely balances crisp fruitiness with full body and a fairly plush texture. There are plenty of apple and pear flavors to please the palate."
Better than Bogle!
Classic American Chardonnay!
My all time favourite
I love this Chardy! Big bold buttery! Just the way I like it.