Thursday, 16 May 2013

Tyrrell's Single Vineyard Belford Chardonnay 2010

Chardonnay now has so much more to offer the consumer. Winemakers have reformed the variety and the spectrum of fresh styles to those old heavily wooded versions is nothing but a win for the thirsty folk. Most punters are moving away from heavy wooded types hence the resurgence and interest.

Hand picked from a dry grown vineyard in the Hunter Valley sub region of Belford, the wine commenced fermentation in stainless steel before finishing its time in French oak for seven months.

This wine delivers some oak, and for those seeking a fresh style, perhaps this may not be you. But in terms of what is in the glass, this is a very decent wine.

Oak aromas are there but so too are nougat, cashew nuts, peachy characters and some creamy butter.

All these well developed characters greet you on the palate. A very well balanced wine with lovely length. No too heavy but a great wine to accompany pan fried or roast chicken dishes.

Who: Tyrrell's Wines
What: Chardonnay (12.5% alc)
Where: Hunter Valley
When: 2012
How: $35