What’s in the glass March 21st

Sacred Hill Chardonnay 2011

Sacred Hill Marlborough Chardonnay 2011 – $$

I’ve come down with a cold. Can’t smell or taste too well. Very interesting to see how appreciating and enjoying a wine is practically impossible when my smelling tackle is impaired.

This is wine is a 2011, so it has some age. I can smell that something is there in the bouquet, but I have no idea what it is. I can taste that there is something going on in the glass, but again I don’t know what it is.

If I was to describe anything it would be wrong. If smell or taste were a colour, I’d being seeing ecru as vermillion right now, or something like that. Still, my eyes are working fine: the bottle has a nice label. I’ll put it away and try again tomorrow…

…which is now today…

And I still have the cold, but I can smell a little vanilla and honey now. I can taste peaches and the oak influence. The wine isn’t as big as I would have expected considering the producer, but the fruit is from Marlborough which I think produces elegant chardonnays rather than malobombs. Nice.

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