Gibbston Valley Gold River Chardonnay Hawkes Bay 2012 – $
I am always a sucker when I see an older wine for sale on the shelves of my local supermarket. This one bore a 60% reduction in price, which indicated there may be a problem here, but I took a punt on it nonetheless. The producer has a good reputation.
Golden yellow colour, looking developed. 12.5% alc.
It smelled like it was almost on the turn, with oxidation on the nose, and showing in the colour.
Some acid to taste, butterscotch and almonds, apricots and peaches and lemons. Perhaps a bit soft on attack, but it got leaner and crisper through the mid-palate and finish. Below average. I must avoid heavily discounted older wines…