2007 Peter Michael "Cuvée Indigène" Knights Valley Chardonnay (1.5L)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The amazing 2007 Chardonnay Cuvee Indigene reveals plenty of waxy, leesy, honeysuckle notes intermixed with orange marmalade, brioche, pineapple, and white citrus scents. The wine is buttressed by considerable acidity and a remarkable finish. This extraordinary effort may be the finest Cuvee Indigene I have ever tasted. Drink it over the next decade.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Hazy, pale chartreuse color. An exotically perfumed nose displays heady aromas of citrus and orchard fruits, minerals, nougat and dried flowers, with a slow-mounting saffron quality. Deep, weighty pear and Meyer lemon flavors are underscored by smoky mineral and lees notes, which gain power with aeration. Smooth, spherical and strikingly persistent on the very long finish, which repeats the floral and smoky notes.
This intense white is marked by toasty, smoky oak and dashes of hazelnut, but the core ripe fig, melon and honeysuckle flavors are pure, still a touch raw, but concentrated, ending with a long finish. Drink now through 2014. 456 cases made.
Sir Peter Michael founded his winery in 1982 in Knight's Valley. After hiring Helen Turley as winemaker in 1987, the label rose to the upper echelons of cult recognition and the rest is history. Sourced from Peter Michael's estate vineyard, Cuvee Indigene is blended by the winemaker with the intent of expressing the simultaneous power and finesse that Chardonnay can possess. It is selected from the best barrels of Old Wente clone.