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Valley Chardonnay 2010 13%, Curious Wines €11.99, 4.5 stars
Not all plain sailing in South Australia (pic by Langmeil)
I liked this one from Curious Wines, an excellent expression of this widely
grown grape from a producer best known for its Shiraz. And it goes straight to my list of 2011 favourites.
Colour is a very pale straw and it has an inviting aromatic
nose. With some of the mix spending a few months in French oak, this has a
rounded user friendly mouthfeel. It is vibrant, fresh with a fruit tang and that
is all carried into the decent finish.
Not too much more to say about it. Well worth the money as there
is a 20 per cent discount on Australian wine for the month of August.
The Langmeil winery is based in the Barossa, adjacent to the
Eden Valley, and here is some Technical Stuff from the vineyard:
2010 Eden Valley Chardonnay - Sourced from a small vineyard
in the Eden Valley, this elegant wine is made from pristine, flavour ripe
bunches, gently pressed and cool fermented. Most components remain un-oaked for
freshness (70%) while some are finished in French oak (30%) for complexity as
well as undergoing secondary malolactic fermentation to soften natural acidity.
This wine exhibits fresh, full fruit flavours, fine structure and a dry finish.