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2013 James Estate Reserve Chardonnay

Cracka Rating

Cracka Review

No doubting the appeal with this full bodied Chardonnay - the sort of classically ripe, peachy, golden Chardonnay championed in the Hunter Valley, yet also with the acidity that modern clever Chardonnays show. The end result is a lovely full bodied white of power, weight and complexity.

Winemaker's Notes

Ben Braggie Vineyard Reserve Chardonnay 2013 is sourced from our Ben Braggie vineyard at Baerami, this classic Hunter Chardonnay is delicate and complex. Ripe primary fruit character complements the barrel ferment characters.

Appearance: Brilliant pale straw

Nose: Nectarine and tropical fruit aromas, with hints of baked bread and spice balanced by elegant oak characters

Palate: A crisp and elegant structure, with generous fruit weight balanced by barrel ferment characters. A tight acid line drives a long finish

Food pairing: Chicken salad, roast chicken, BBQ

Serve: Slightly chilled

Cellaring: Drink young and fresh to preserve the fresh primary fruit flavours or enjoy the added complexity of up to 5 years of careful cellaring

Alc/vol: 12.5%

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2013 James Estate Reserve Chardonnay

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
Vibrant green hue; a fine bouquet of nectarine, citrus blossom and a suggestion of toasty oak; the palate is fleshy and generous, with soft acidity and a long toasty finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2013 2012
90
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Relatively early picking has helped preserve freshness in a well-balanced, fruit-driven style.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
87
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
Bright and clear light to medium-yellow-green; the bouquet has complex barrel-ferment aromas well-integrated with the fruit; again, the palate is elegant, with fruit and oak well balanced and some appealing creamy cashew characters. Barrel fermented in new French and American oak.
Australian Wine Companion 2004 2003
92
James Halliday (1998 Vintage) says
Medium to full yellow-green; the bouquet offers full, ripe melon and peach fruit with well-balanced and integrated oak. The palate follows logically on the path of the bouquet, with some nice creamy notes on the mid-palate followed by a touch of acidity on the finish to round the wine off.
Australian Wine Companion 2001 2001
86

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