Chardonnay, Clos de Ste. Anne, Naboth’s Vineyard, Millton Vineyards, Gisborne, New Zealand, 2013, 13.5% abv, NZ$70

From a biodynamic, dry-farmed, single vineyard of 25 year old vines, this is a tremendously delicious Chardonnay fermented with native yeasts.  img_8014

On the eyes, it’s a pretty lemon with a nose of pomelo, quince, ginger and crushed rock dust.

The palate is dry with juicy acidity and flavours of candied ginger with ripe Maui pineapple, light toffee and bakery rolls.

If this wine were a song, it would be called ‘Yellow‘.

We decanted it prior to serving with lobster, mango and avocado salad.  This was the undoing of the evening – the best pairing ever.  Really.

We had envisioned some tropical notes possibly complimenting the mango and the creaminess of the avocado and lobster being enhanced by the breadth of the Chardonnay – but we couldn’t have predicted the perfection of the pairing in our wildest dreams.

A WSET Very Good plus wine – clean, gorgeous and pristine – from one of the Family of Twelve in New Zealand.



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