Church Road Chardonnay 2010 (Hawkes Bay, NZ)
13.5%, Screwcap, $25.99
Lovers of old school, ‘buttery’ Chardonnays rejoice, for the Kiwis still make a wine just for you.
In the modern Chardonnay context this looks to be a very dated style, the colour rather gold already, the wine showing plenty of oak, plenty of rich fruit and plenty of lees weight. I found it a bit too broad, heavy and wobby to really enjoy, but I can fully appreciate that there is a market for this sort of wine. Reasonable fruit length too.
Fashions be damned, this is a wine of weight and richness. Personally, I couldn’t drink much of it, but that’s just me.
Score: 16/20 87/100
Would I buy it? No.
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