Cheap 2013 Chardys: Villa Maria Cellar Selection Marlborough Chardonnay 2013 – $$
It had to happen eventually, like bears and woods, where I review the latest incarnation of the iconic VM CS Chardonnay from Marlborough. I have written about the previous three vintage releases, so I am not going to back out now.
High hopes for this.
Light gold. 13.5%. Strong peaches on bouquet; vanilla; oak. Warm honey touches to taste. Lots of oak too. Medium weight. Noticeable tannins. Reasonable ripe fruit weight. Elegant. Perhaps a little too much oak. Not sure it will improve over time, but I daresay I will be trying a few more bottles over the coming twelve months so I can test my theory out then.4