Montana Gisborne Chardonnay 2002 (750ml)
The sunny region of Gisborne has an international reputation as the Chardonnay capital of New Zealand.
The Montana vineyards are planted on the region's clay soils and, together with the warm sheltered climate, consistently provide grapes with intense flavours and distinctive regional characters.
This wine is a classic New Zealand Chardonnay.
Release date: August 2002
Variety: 100% Chardonnay - 30% Clone 6, 43% Mendoza, 12% Clone 15, 15% other clones
Colour: Light straw.
Aromas: Distinctive aromas of peaches and cream, pineapple and grapefruit are complemented with light toasty oak.
Palate: Rich and flavoursome with soft acidity and a lingering finish.
Total acidity: 6.9 g/l
Being, at best, an enthusiastic casual wine drinker, I will have to admit my tastes are not as cultured as the big-name wine reviewers. So to those who are amongst those with a cultured palate, please forgive.
Though medium wines appeal to my tastebuds the most, I can usually enjoy a mildly dry white wine, and this is of that nature. Smooth on the way in with hints of citrus fruits and a light peach, this wine rapidly leaves with a slightly acidic aftertaste.
A smooth wine, this would go nicely with seafood, or white meats such as pork or chicken. Could be teamed with delicate meats, such as ham, so long as a nice mild cheese is served as well. Would be good with hor d'oeuvers and a cold platter, as a lead-in to a night's dining with friends.
Personally, not a wine I would drink on a quiet night home alone, but all the same, a fine wine.
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