Like previous vintage, Geoff Merrill's new 2013 Barrel Select Chardonnay is another winner too - just brimming with the delicious golden toasty goodness that has made this wine a hero. The recipe here is simple - Geoff Merrill is a proudly old school winemaker who makes vino with flavour. Here, Geoff has lobbed a proper full-tilt Chard with white peach and rockmelon fruit, plus a generous dollop of vanilla oak.
The aroma really leaps from the glass to display excellent French oak characters up front which slowly move aside revealing the depth of fruit beneath.
Spice, straw and melon notes come through with hints of mandarin and orange pith. French oak fermentation and maturation has added complex notes of cream, toast and cashew.
The wine instantly fills the palate with flavour. The mouthfeel is full and flavoursome, finishing clean and fruity with the overwhelming urge to try it again to recapture that initial generosity.
A wonderful wine to drink young that will also become more complex as the wine develops over the next 5-8 years and greatly reward your patience.