Monday, 4 May 2015
Oakvale Ablington Vineyard Chardonnay 2014
This Chardonnay is lip smacking. The fruit comes from an unirrigated vineyard which is thirty five years old. Hand picked, wild yeast fermented, a minimalist approach to winemaking is the goal along with sharing an expression of the vineyard - alluvial grey sandy loam soils in Pokolbin. French oak is used for nine months and the wine is bottled unfined.
This put me in a happy place with chicken by my side. More citrus than oak. More vanilla than cream and butter. But there is a delicious spread of lemon butter. The vanilla oak and soft fruit really appeals here. Another little lemony twist on the finish adds a classy touch. Great stuff. Get me another glass.
Region: Hunter Valley
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