An exploration of wine

368. Te Mata Estate, Elston Chardonnay Hawkes Bay, 2005

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Book 2 Wine 368

£16.17 (after discount); 13%

The New World Chardonnay counterpart to a 2005 Chablis in the Optimor 2nd case. Overall, a quality effort – refreshing, not overripe / blowy – if a little simple. Pale-to-medium depth yellow-gold, with a watery rim. Initially, intense barrel-ferment notes: corn-on-the-cob and buttered toast. Caramel and perhaps butterscotch emerge. Very little fruit character until a couple of days had passed, when ?peach? notes joined toffee shortbread (!) aromas. Moderate acidity, with pear and melon juice flavours. Toasty, and slight ‘gunflint’ overtones on the finish. A bit short.

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