Mission Estate Reserve Chardonnay Hawkes Bay 2013 – $$
I had hopes that this might be a good one. I like the producer’s ‘white label’ Chardonnay, this was a Reserve, and it was a great vintage in the Bay…
Pale Gold. 13.5%.
Creamy, nutty, mealy nose. Oak and vanilla. Big. Apricot and white blossom.
On attack, bold & complex, but then bitter on the mid-palate and finish. Not much ripe fruit weight in evidence. No linear minerality to compensate. Odd. Disappointing. Maybe a fault with this bottle? Under Stelvin tho?
Smelled much better than it tasted. Which helped bring the score up…