2008 Man O’ War Chardonnay

Waiheke Island, New Zealand
14.5% alc.
$6 at Seattle, WA (purchased 5/21/13)

20130521_183855_resized (2)My first visit back after the sale yielded this gem. This wine (like many coming from NZ) had a Stelvin closure which I am finding more and more to be very beneficial for keeping white wines fresher. Gold in color with a delicious toasty nose suggesting some barrel fermentation along with melon, citrus, pineapple and vanilla spice. Medium weight on the palate and decent acidity. At first, the pineapple was most dominant, but as the wine opened there was lemon lime and apple and all the fruits were well integrated with the toasty oak. Nice lingering finish with a creamy texture. This is a real winner and a great QPR. Thumb’s way up for me and I hope there is some left when I visit again. I might have to make a special trip.

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