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Greg Norman Estates Chardonnay 2008

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Begins with bright aromas of pineapple and lemon zest. Forward tropical fruit flavors greet the palate and are highlighted by notes of vanilla and hints of spice. The mouthfeel is smooth and luscious and the wine finishes clean and refreshing.

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Greg Norman Estates:
Greg's Wine Preferences I was first introduced to wine and the appreciation of a good bottle of wine back in the 70s when I started playing professional golf in Europe. I would frequently enjoy a bottle of wine with dinner and since I was playing a great deal of golf in France at the time, we favored French wine. While in Australia, I did try many Aussie wines, but they were not nearly as popul... Read more
Greg's Wine Preferences I was first introduced to wine and the appreciation of a good bottle of wine back in the 70s when I started playing professional golf in Europe. I would frequently enjoy a bottle of wine with dinner and since I was playing a great deal of golf in France at the time, we favored French wine. While in Australia, I did try many Aussie wines, but they were not nearly as popular as they are today. I drank Californian wine very infrequently, as I was not a regular in the States. Now, however, it seems all I drink are varietals from Australia or California, as I tend to enjoy their qualities better than wines from other countries. One of my favorite wines is the Australian Reserve Shiraz. It has such a deep, intense flavor, filled with tannins that are pronounced but not overbearing, and a hint of blueberry. Zinfandel is also a personal favorite, and the new Lake County Zinfandel has the spicy, red fruit character style that I particularly enjoy. Only after many years of experimenting with wines from all over the world have I come to understand the characteristics that I most enjoy. In my Chardonnays, I prefer a less dry, less heavy wine with more oak flavor to it. I find that most California and Australian Chardonnays possess this quality. For this reason, I wanted the style of my new Santa Barbara County Chardonnay to be alive with fruit flavors and pair well with many foods. Many people assume that I prefer Australian wine above all others, because that is where Greg Norman Estates originated, but it isn't true. For me it depends on the situation, menu choice and mood. I am more of a casual wine drinker, rather than an intense wine connoisseur, and therefore I drink whatever wine I have a desire for at that moment. Read less
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External Reviews for Greg Norman Estates Chardonnay

External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
07/12/2011

A subtle Chardonnay, on the earthy side at first, but the pretty citrus and apricot emerges nicely as the flavors persist, getting better with each succeeding sip. Best after 2003.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
07/12/2011

Bright and juicy, with lively acidity to support the pear and mineral flavors, echoing nicely on the finish. Drink now through 2010.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
07/12/2011

Pale bright straw. Delicate, somewhat evolved and oxidative dusty aromas of dried flowers, grilled nuts and lemon. Smooth and reserved, long and savory, with a bright core of complex, fleshy citrus fruit, well-integrated vanilla and spicy oak, and a lingering impression of brioche.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
07/12/2011

The 2007 Chardonnay is light gold in color and made in the popular style exemplified by Kendall-Jackson. The nose offers some oak notes and aromas of white peach and pear. This leads to a smooth-textured wine with an excellent layering of apple and pit fruit flavors with a hint of tropical fruits in the background. Balanced and medium-long, this nicely-made Chardonnay is meant for drinking over the next 1-2 years.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

Greg Norman's 2008 Chardonnay was partially barrel-fermented and aged in seasoned French oak. Medium straw-colored, it offers up a nose of toasty oak, a touch of mineral, white peach, poached pear, and hazelnuts. Light bodied, restrained and creamy-textured, it has plenty of spicy fruit, good balance, and a medium-long finish.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

Bright and supple, refreshing in flavor and deftly balanced, with creamy pear, kiwifruit and buttercream flavors, lingering easily.


External Review
Source: Fame Wine and Tobacco
07/13/2010

The Greg Norman Estates 2008 Chardonnay is pale straw in color with a vibrant green hue. The nose is dominated by flinty mineral, spicy oak, white peach, toasted almonds, with hints of mandarin peel and jasmine. Creamy and round with a mineral, lemony acid profile, the wine is balanced delicately with spicy vanillin oak and fleshy stone-fruits.


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Begins with bright aromas of pineapple and lemon zest. Forward tropical fruit flavors greet the palate and are highlighted by notes of vanilla and hints of spice. The mouthfeel is smooth and luscious and the wine finishes clean and refreshing.

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