2013 Fromm "Clayvin Vineyard" Chardonnay Marlborough

SKU #1252066 96 points Bob Campbell

 A concentrated Chardonnay, with strong citrus, grapefruit, mineral and nutty oak flavours. Vibrant, youthful wine with a distinctive chalky thread that is a distinct vineyard character. Taut, bright wine with obvious cellaring potential. I was tempted to recommend that the wine not be opened for at least two years, but as good as I expect it to be with a little bottle age it can certainly be appreciated now.  (1/2016)

96 points Sam Kim

 This is stunning. Made from their north-facing, high-density (5,000 vines per hectare), clay-rich vineyard in the Brancott district, this is exquisitely styled displaying complex aromas of stone fruit, grapefruit, almond and flint on the nose. The palate is superbly concentrated and focused, yet expansive and generous at the same time, with rich texture and seamlessly integrated acidity. The finish is exceptionally long and engaging. Only three barrels made. At its best: 2016 to 2025.

94 points Raymond Chan

 Bright straw-yellow colour with light, lemon-green hues, pale on edge. The bouquet is very tight and refined, with seamlessly interwoven detail, showing white stonefruits, white florals, nutty elements and savoury barrel-ferment nuances, unfolding the faintest suggestion of flinty complexities with lemon-curd MLF elements. This is fresh, youthful and harmoniously balanced. Medium-full bodied, the palate features a deep core with fresh and bright flavours of white stonefruits, white florals and rich nutty layers. The mouthfeel is very fine featured and fine-textured, and follows a fresh line of acidity. The concentration and finesse are beautifully balanced and the winr carries with excellent energy to a long, thirst-quenching, dry-textured, refined finish. This is a stylishly restrained, elegantly concentrated Chardonnay with classical white stonefruit and nutty flavours reminiscent of white burgundy. Serve with seafood and most white meat dishes over the next 5-6 years. Fruit from the ‘Clayvin’ vineyard, Brancott Valley, fully indigenous yeast barrel-fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 16 months in seasoned French oak barriques with no batonnage, but 100% MLF.

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2013 Clayvin Vineyard Chardonnay offers expressive notes of ripe peaches, grapefruit and toasted almonds with hints of struck match, baking bread, butterscotch and crushed stones. Light to medium bodied with a racy acid backbone, it has a great intensity of savory, citrus and stone fruit flavors, finishing with wonderful persistence. 91+ (LPB)  (12/2015)

K&L Notes

A tiny production from what many consider to be one of New Zealand's "Grand Cru" sites. Clayvin Vineyard is known mostly for it's Pinot Noir but there is also a small amount of Chardonnay planted on these gentle clay slopes. Only three barrels made, this is world class Chardonnay that is worth the attention of wine enthusiast. Classy stuff that stands toe-to-toe with the best of Burgundy. (Ryan Woodhouse - K&L NZ Wine Buyer)

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- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.

New Zealand

- New Zealand is an extremely diverse wine-growing nation. The long history of producing wine started in the 1830s with wineries such as Mission Estate (1850) and Te Mata Estate (1896) still producing wine today. The two islands hold a multitude of different growing climates ranging from warmer areas such as Hawke’s Bay to very cool regions such as Waitaki, and Awatere. Most regions are defined as Maritime with the exception being Central Otago that has a moderate Continental climate with the high elevation creating dramatic diurnal swings in temperature. The plethora of grapes grown in New Zealand reflects this diverse microclimate make up. Everything has a place here, Bordeaux varietals and Syrah in Hawke’s Bay, Chardonnay and Pinot in Nelson, Pinot Noir and Riesling in Central Otago , aromatic whites in Waipara and pretty much everything you can imagine in Marlborough. New Zealand is also one of the “greenest” wine producing nations on earth (94% of wine certified sustainable in 2013) with a strong focus on organic and Biodynamic farming.
Alcohol Content (%): 14