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2012 James Estate Chardonnay NSW Other Chardonnay

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This offering from James Estate is a delicate and complex Chardonnay, with ripe primary fruit aromas complemented with barrel ferment characters and well integrated oak. Slightly chill it then slurp it down with fettuccine boscaiola!

Winemaker's Notes

Oak treatment: 50% of the blend spent 8 months in one year old French oak with the balance of the blend being un-oaked.

Cellaring: Drink young and fresh, however with careful cellaring in the medium term will add further complexity.

Appearance: Pale straw.

Nose: Nectarine and pear, with hints of citrus and freshly baked bread.

Palate: Full and rich with added complexity from partial barrel ferment in new and 1 year old French oak.

Food pairing: Cold meats, cheese, creamy pasta.

Serve: Slightly chilled.

Alc/vol: 13.5%

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2012 James Estate Chardonnay NSW Other Chardonnay

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James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Bright quartz-green; partial barrel fermentation has worked well with the fresh, light-bodied melon and stone fruit flavours; good overall balance.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
87
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
83
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
Impressive, bright green-yellow; the moderately intense bouquet is clean and fresh, with stone fruit and subtle but evident oak; the palate offers lively, tangy citrus and stone fruit supported by 12 months' maturation in new and l-year-old French and American oak, which does not destroy or threaten the inherent delicacy of the wine. No direct claim of origin.
Australian Wine Companion 2004 2003
90

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