From the Cellar: Stoneleigh Latitude Chardonnay Marlborough 2013 – $$
Golden colour. 14% alc. From the lauded ’13 vintage. I like this dependable value producer’s wines very much, and the Latitiude is a step up in quality of fruit from the standard offering, but not greatly more expensive when on special.
Strongly aromatic – apricot, melon and peach, bags of oak, mealy ‘buzz’. A heavy style of Chardonnay.
Golden fruit entry, with a rich and creamy texture in the mouth. Good acid line. Shows fruit sweetness and ripeness through the mid-palate. Heavy finish. Strong oaking dominates. Overall impression is opulence and density, with a surprisingly striking lean mineral quality on the finish obscured somewhat by the heavy oak styling.
Although bruised by the oak, this wine is still a remarkable value wine from a remarkable vintage.
Highly Recommended 91 points.
Stoneleigh Latitude Chardonnay Marlborough 2014 – $$
This is the reserve Chardonnay from the vineyards that line Rapaura Road in Marlbrough. I really liked the 2013, and expect the ’14 to be just as enjoyable…
Pale gold. 13.5% alc.
Reductive, oaky nose. Vanilla and spice. Big, warm and attractive.
Creamy and rich in the mouth. Crunchy mouth feel. Bold stonefruit flavours with brusque acid underpinnings. Long.
Two more bottles destined to nestle in the arms of Morpheus:
Peregrine Pinot Noir Central Otago 2012 – $$$ – drink 2015-2020. I scored this a 4+ at the Pinot Noir Worth Cellaring tasting and needed no prompting to acquire a bottle.
Stoneleigh Latitude Chardonnay Marlborough 2013 – $$ – drink 2017. L and I really enjoyed this Reserve Chardonnay a few times earlier this year. From the great 2013 vintage. I would have bought it earlier but couldn’t find any on the shelves when I was looking. This will age dependably.
Now to save up for the 2012 Greystone and Ata Rangi Pinots…