Spy Valley Chardonnay Marlborough 2014 – $$
One of my favourite Chardonnays which I don’t get to drink nearly enough because it isn’t sold in my local supermarket. This latest vintage was rated in the top 5 of a Chardonnay tasting hosted by Dish Magazine earlier this year. I bought a couple for the Pool Room and another for the table…
Pale gold. 13% alc.
Mealy and refined nose. Touch of burnt match, flint. Lemon, pear & apples. Quite lovely.
Fresh and lean and intense in the mouth. Quite linear, just enough fruit to avoid being thin. Zesty citrus grapefruit. Austere and minerally, and mouthcoating. A long finish.
Overall there is a hard edge to this wine, but I say it is terrific, and will be very special in a few years time.