Blackenbrook Nelson Chardonnay 2011 – $$
I bought this wine after a broad tasting of Blackenbrook wines with Ursula Schwarzenbach (Black brook), one of the proprietors, at Regional Wines last weekend. I really liked their Muscat and Gewurtz, but really liking does not always translate into buying. I should be more adventurous…next time.
This wine is light gold, with hints of green. 14% alcohol; made from Mendoza clone grapes; extended lees contact; 12 months in French and American oak barrels.
The nose is strong with warm biscuity aromas, white peach and green herbs. I get a big mouthful of oak and vanilla from the barrel ferment, and butter from the partial malo treatment. It’s a medium-weight wine, in a dryer style, with fresh fruit and crunchy acids (a little pseud, but I swear that describes the mouthfeel). The finish is long, and the label is elegant.
I read they use lighter weight bottles to reduce shipping costs. And it’s suitable for vegans. I didn’t think vegans had any fun, but you learn something every day.
A show/tasting wine this, it impresses up front, but on reflection, could benefit with less oak. I should have bought the Muscat. 3.5