Neil scored this wine: 90/100
Medium gold and rich in colour, this dry full bodied chardonnay is elegant and delicious. Barrel fermented and aged "sur lie" up to 12 months in French oak barrels this wine has gained fantastic complexity and depth.
Aromas jump out of the glass with great intensity and I noted youthful notes of apple, pear, melon, pineapple and vanilla.
On the palate I enjoyed flavours of tropical fruit, warm baking spices, honey, butter and cream. There was an underlying smokiness present but the toast was not overbearing which I appreciated. There is a very pleasant round mouthfeel imparted by ageing on it's yeast and medium plus acidity and medium alcohol give the wine great structure and body.
I would rate this wine very good quality and would love to see what it does in the bottle over the next few years. There is great complexity in this fantastic food wine and terrific value for the money. Tasted Oct 2013.