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Greg Norman Estates Eden Valley Chardonnay 2009

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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

Member Reviews for Greg Norman Estates Eden Valley Chardonnay

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Snooth User: BILL RIKER
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0.00 5
04/09/2011

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Snooth User: BILL RIKER
812244158
4.00 5
04/10/2011

I am a fan of red wine. This wine is a good wine. For $10 it's worth a try.


External Reviews for Greg Norman Estates Eden Valley Chardonnay

External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

Smooth in texture and bright in flavor, offering pretty pear, floral and apricot flavors in profusion. Lingers nicely on the finish. Drink now through 2003.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

The Chardonnay Yarra Valley 1998 is not quite as spectacular as the Cabernet-Merlot. Itrsquo;s smooth texture and bright, profuse pear, floral and apricot flavors earned it an 88-point rating (or ldquo;very goodrdquo;).


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

Polished, with a spicy edge to the pear and grapefruit flavors, lingering softly. Drink now through 2011.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

Greg Normanrsquo;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
01/03/2012

The bouquet reveals figs and melon fruit, complexed by creamy and light butterscotch characters and well integrated nutmeg oak aromas. On the full-bodied, dry, rich palate, the intensely varietal Chardonnay flavors are well balanced by the supporting oak characters, and all held together in a rich, creamy texture. This creamy texture leads to a clean, long, very complex and rounded finish.


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

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.


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

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 1ndash;2 years.


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