Despite 2013 being classed as a quite ‘typical’ vintage on the Peninsula, some of the whites can look just a big heavy.
This ’13 Estate Chardonnay certainly fits that category, though its not unappealing. Straw yellow coloured, it kicks straight into vanilla bean and light butterscotch in an open form. There’s a rambunctiousness on nose and palate this vintage that isn’t quite reined back in by acidity, with plenty of rich, ripe peach fruit and golden toasty oak, yet without that typical 10X acidity.
Lots of flavour here, which still makes this a decent drink, though not quite the usual lofty heights. Best drinking: 2016-2018. 17.5/20, 91/100. 13.6%, $42. Would I buy it? A glass or two.