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Balgownie Estate Chardonnay

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Balgownie Estate Chardonnay

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James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
Pale straw-green: yet another example of the quality the cool '11 vintage for white wines; here an intense yet elegant and harmonious Chardonnay has bell-clear varietal expression, and great balance, line and length.
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition 2013
95
Jeremy Oliver (2011 Vintage) says
A lean, pithy chardonnay whose waxy, dusty fragrance of lemon, melon, clove and cinnamon reveals some finely measured buttery vanilla oak. Delivering a fine length of fruit, it's taut and textured, with a pleasing brightness, chalkiness and focus, plus a refreshing acidity.
The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition 2014
92
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Hand-picked grapes from the 31-year-old estate plantings were crushed and fermented in new and used French oak, spending 11 months in barrel with lees stirring; has plenty going for it, but is fractionally short.
To 2015
Australian Wine Companion 2013
91
Jeremy Oliver (2010 Vintage) says
Poised, elegant, deeply flavoured and superbly balanced, this stable, measured, delicious and long-term chardonnay has a smoky, spicy and lightly toasty bouquet of quince, grapefruit and melon backed by waxy notes of yellow and white flowers, clove and cinnamon. Underpinned by fine, creamy oak, it's long and restrained, finishing smooth and savoury with meaty nuances, a lingering core of fruit and soft acidity.
2015-2018+
The Australian Wine Annual 2013
95
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
2014
Australian Wine Companion 2012
90
Jeremy Oliver (2009 Vintage) says
Charmingly stylish, complex and beautifully weighted, this smoky and savoury chardonnay has a floral, waxy fragrance of peach and nectarine before a smooth, creamy, nougat-like palate whose fresh stonefruit, melon and grapefruit flavours finish with soft acids and lingering smoky suggestions of struck match.
The Australian Wine Annual
93
Jeremy Oliver (2008 Vintage) says
Smooth, polished and finely balanced, with fresh, creamy aromas of white peach, melon and vanilla oak. Very approachable and effortless, its fresh, silky palate of peach and nectarine flavour is backed by sweet oak and nuances of hazelnuts, cinnamon and cloves, finishing long and soft. A charming earlier drinking style.
Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
90
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
A heady blend of roasted nuts and classy French oak on the bouquet, with a fine, focused and intense palate that is long, fresh and harmonious.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
94
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Elegant, light-bodied, understated style; melon and nectarine fruit, minimal oak influence.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
89
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Quite rich, ripe stone fruit, fig and cashew; malolactic and barrel ferment influences well judged; subtle oak, good texture.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
91
James Halliday says
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
88

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