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2008 Mountford Chardonnay $35

This is all gentle, gentle mineral and barrel fermentation aromas accent the soft core of apricot fruit that shows flashes of dried lime zest and marzipan on the nose. On the palate this is very clear and precise, fresh and juicy while being obviously quite ripe. The fruit sticks in the citrus end of the spectrum, with a nicely precise feel and cleansing zesty acidity. The finish returns to the gentle phase, nuanced with notes of barrel ferment and wood lingering just under the soft fruit. 91pts

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