46% Chardonnay, 32% Meunier, 22% Pinot Noir. The new Black Chalk Classic 2016 is the new release, taking a similar blend as the 2015 and putting it through a slightly cooler-tinted filter. For now the quite fun meaty/marmite notes that really warmed up the 2015 (including at this tasting 1 year ago) are not in attendance, so the 2016 promises a slightly more classically-styled profile. There’s a lovely integration of crisp apple and faintly limey citrus, rounded out with pretty strawberry and a touch of white stone fruit. The 2015 was a superb, immediate wine, but there is more finesse and togetherness on the palate here.

16.5

Date Tasted : 07/02/2020

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