Matua Valley Chardonnay 2007
Matua Valley Wines began as a small, family-run winery in West Auckland, New Zealand, in 1973. In the next few years, winemakers Ross and Bill Spence quickly gained a reputation for innovative, award-winning New Zealand wines - including the first New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. Today, Matua Valley produces a wide range of distinctive wines, these innovative, award-winning New Zealand wines are now enjoyed all over the world
This was a gift from my neighbor who hand-delivered the bottle from NZ himself! Kudos to him!! Anyhow, I don't generally indulge in Chardonnay, unless food is present, like seared scallops in a basil-cream sauce, or something rich. But, I will say, this is quite lovely. Definitely has some French oak on the nose, but light, with a bit of buttery dough aroma from being on fermentation lees for 10 months (got that off the bottle, folks). Soft mouth-feel, light straw color, wonderful finish, very smooth and velvety. OK flavor: starts with a little light butterscotch, ripe peach, soft citrus, develops into a toasted almond or cashew flavor on the finish. wow, long finish.... I'm sipping it now, LOL. Strongly recommend!