From the Cellar: Church Road Hawkes Bay Chardonnay 2009 – $
No wine in the house proper. Luckily we have a cellar, and this value-based purchase called out, “Drink me!”
The fruit has backed off cos the oak is carrying a gun. I also see warming creamy buttery old nutty spicy characters in mouth. Butterscotch toffee. Full-bodied.
Mature biscuity nose. Vanilla. Apricots. French wood.
Bright yellow in the glass, showing some oxi evidence. 14% and leggy.
Excellent drop for the paltry sum I was extorted for back when. A big satisfied yum-thumbs-up.
Yet another bottle with a hole in the bottom… 4