Bird in Hand Nest Egg Chardonnay 2012 (Adelaide Hills, SA)
13%, Screwcap, $75!
I tasted this without looking at the price, completely ignorant. Best way to taste. Big dollars for this sort of wine in retrospect, particularly when you can get Shaw + Smith M3 for half that. Close to Tiers for that matter too (which I’d choose over this in a heartbeat).
Anyway, price is a subjective issue which we all know. I can’t help but feel that it’s me-too pricing regardless…
Gee this is worked wine (maybe that is why its expensive), with a nutty, golden honeycomb Gaytime nose. Expensive oak and careful malo/yeast for sure. Full tilt palate looks a bit rich and oak heavy, but finishes clean and spicy with excellent penetration.
As that oak calms down this is going to get better, though there remains a slight sense of hollowness that I couldn’t shake – too much work, not enough love. Good, not great.
Tasted: April 2014
Score: 17.8/20, 92/100+
Would I buy it? No, but I’d drink it.
Buy online: Bird in Hand website