Crawford Chardonnay Marlborough 2005
2005 MARLBOROUGH UNOAKED CHARDONNAY With Chardonnay we tend to ensure full exposure of the grapes during the ripening process. Depending on the vineyards' vigour we use a variety of Scott Henry, Sylvos and VSP. The grapes are harvested on fruit flavour rather than chemical analysis. aromatic style. The wine was cool fermented in tank and once dry underwent 100 per cent malolactic fermentation to give mouth-feel and acid balance. The wine is sulphured immediately post malolactic fermentation to retain all the flavour. ANALYSIS AT HARVEST Brix: 22 Titratable Acidity: 9.5 g/l pH: 3.21 WINE ANALYSIS Alcohol: 13.1% Titratrable Acidity: 5.9 g/l ph: 3.53 Residual Sugar: 4 g/l TASTING NOTES Colour : Pale straw with hints of gold. Aroma : Lifted stonefruit and guava combines with butterscotch of malolactic. Palate : Just like granny rewarding you with a Werthers Original Toffee for eating all your tropical fruit. Full and rich with good fruit weight and length is balanced nicely with firm acidity. Food Match: Ideally suited to seafood and white meats and great just on its own! Perfect if you can't decide between a Chardonnay and a Sauvignon Blanc. Cellar: Three to five years with confidence.
One of the reasons why New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs have taken the world by storm. Delightful to the point of exuberance, this is a great wine for drinking alone of with lighter fare.
Peachy keen, green apple, ripe and rich, creamy texture, pear, crispy, well balanced--not too citrusy, tropical, softer finish, smokey aroma, very fruity, like strawberries and cream, kiwi fruit -- what else ;^), mouth watering. Tied for highest scorer by our 14 person "People's Choice" panel among 12 Chards: 2 first place votes, 2 second place votes, 3 third place votes.