This opened up to be more layered than I was expecting – there are quite a few different shades of Chardonnay in here. First out of the blocks are classical notes of cox apple, fresh quince and ground almond, but the intensity of 2012 gives us some headier flavours of kiwi, orange and apricot kernel without stepping too far from the sea-breeze freshness of the whole package. The lees ageing offers cushioning on a palate which otherwise cracks a whip of almost compressing intensity – its beautifully-woven acid and salty savour become quite addictive after a couple of sips. With time and acclimatisation comes a delicate, sappy sweetness – a gift from the lees-ageing I think. Delicacy and intensity in one – enjoy it fairly young I think

16.5

Date Tasted : 09/04/2019

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