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2022 Gaffy & Neal 'Merricks North' Chardonnay

Multiregional VictoriaWhiteAustralianHighly RecommendNew ArrivalsPrivate Cellar

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RATED #1 CHARDONNAY IN AUSTRALIA!!! Power duo Doug Neal of Altera Terra/Paradise IV and Darrin Gaffy of Principia Wines make wines of depth, sophistication and refinement. A stellar year for chardonnay, with depth, latent power and vibrant acidity combining to produce a rich but finely boned chardonnay that will age for a considerable time. Once again made in very small quantities.

Region - Multiregional Victoria

Type - White

Year - 2022

Winery - Victorian Treasures

Grape - Chardonnay

Volume - Standard - 750ml

About the wine

Tasting notes

A heady perfume of citrus blossom and jasmine flower, buttered popcorn, white nectarines and a twist of ginger spice and as it opens, cashews; the palate is densely packed with white stone fruits. Deftlyintegrated oak works as a spicing element and combines with the subtle phenolics and acid to produce a very long finish. It is like a tightly coiled spring, full of restrained, hidden power.

Wine descriptors

Captivating and Complex, Elegant and Fine, For the Cellar, Juicy and Fruity, Something Special, Vibrant and Exciting

Fruit aromas & flavour

Apples and Pear, Citrus, Stonefruit

Other aromas & flavour

Florals, Minerality, Oak, Spices, Nuttiness

Body type

medium

Acidity

medium

Food pairings

Pork

Cheese

Pizza

Fish

Red Meat

Pasta

BBQ

Vegetables

Poultry

Shellfish

Oysters

Spicy Foods

Cured Meats

Desserts

Expert review

98 points. Light-medium yellow colour with complex bouquet of cashew nut, white peach/nectarine, creamy dairy and baker's yeast overtones - even a hint of milk powder - nougat lurking coming up from beneath. The palate is intense and zesty with lemon-curd and lime-juice flavours along with the stone fruits and toasted nuts, bright acidity and a lovely tension across the tongue. Refined and rich, a truly outstanding chardonnay.

Huon Hooke - The Real Review

The Grape

Chardonnay

One of the most planted, versatile and popular white varieties in the world. As a stand alone grape, Chardonnay is not the most interesting, nor complex varietal out there...but in the hands of a great winemaker it can be turned into one of the world's greatest pleasures! From the best bubbles of Champagne, to the lean, unoaked and mineral expressions of Chablis and the opulent, oaked and complex whites of Burgundy, Chardonnay is responsible for making some of the greatest expressions of white wine on the planet.

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