What’s in the glass tonight Nov 20th

Saints Chardonnay 2011 2

Saints Gisborne Chardonnay 2011- $

Back on Jan 3rd I wrote my second-ever post about this wine: $10 on special, but then, it is often offered at this ‘special’ price. [ ] The winemaker sez, “rich, full-bodied chardonnay…lifted stonefruit and citrus flavours…elegantly styled…creamy texture…spicy oak…complexity…”. I don’t know what batch they were referring to when he/she wrote this (this wine is probably made by the cubic metre), but my bottle tells me something different…

[ ]…I like the crisp acidity, and light fruit aroma. Buy 2011 if you can choose from 2012 bottles…There seems no MLF to scare the easily-scared horses, and ALSO it is from Gizzy, a GREAT chardonnay producing region – think Millton, Thornbury, Kirkpatrick et al. An easy drinking style, for sitting in the sun and drinking a budget wine when you have to be on a budget.

Here I am drinking another bottle from the same vintage, for much the same reasons, and I was wondering if my tastes and expectations have changed in the interim…

…Nah. Still the same price, acidity, light bouquet and ripe stonefruit. Light gold. 12.5%. Not much oak, and not much depth either. But for $10 do you expect a wine for the cellar? It’s much better than the competition at this price. 3

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