|Voyager Estate Chardonnay 2006|
In the zone...
13.2%, Screwcap, $30ish on release
Source: Brought to dinner by a Wining Pom
I first tried this wine (almost to the day) 3 years ago and at the time said this: 'Buy some, bury it away in a cold dark cellar and return to civilisation in a few years time.' Thank God that Patrick Haddock took my advice (I'm sure it was my note that got him to buy it of course...).
For this looks fabulous, the very model of what a high quality, bottle aged, cool climate Chardonnay should be. If anything it looks rather un-Margaret River like thanks to the cool year, the melon richness of classic Margs Chardonnay tempered into a mealy, grapefruity and moderate style of hidden power and silken richness. Still looking very young, I couldn't help but marvel at the line, coiled power and intensity of this white.
Obviously it's still very much a new world wine, with oak and fruit richness that isn't 'classically Burgundian' (read lean and minerally). Yet in its mode this is a rather high quality, long and highly enjoyable Chardonnay of appeal and length. Big fan. 18.5/94