2013 Greywacke Chardonnay Marlborough

SKU #1311153 96 points Sam Kim

 A beautifully composed chardonnay, the inviting bouquet shows nectarine, rockmelon, flint and fig characters with nuances of nougat and almond. The palate is powerful and impressively weighted, while remaining elegant and poised, and delivers terrific fruit intensity backed by bright acidity, leading to a superbly long, expansive finish. Glorious and delectable. At its best: now to 2023.

93 points James Suckling

 A bold, swarthy and complex Chardonnay that has impressive flinty appeal, ripe citrus and peachy stone fruits, chalky nuances here too, quiet minerally. The palate's bold, concentrated and has plenty of phenolic power driving rich lime and melon fruit flavors deep and long; very assertive.  (8/2016)

93 points Wine Spectator

 Aromatic and expressive, with smooth cedar, toasted hazelnut, baked apple and poached pear notes, graced by accents of nutmeg, lemon meringue pie, fig and chamomile. The finish goes on and on, showing juicy accents. (MW)  (10/2015)

92 points Wine Enthusiast

 This is a fairly big, weighty Chardonnay, but one whose alcohol levels are balanced by crisp acids. Aromas of smoke and toasted grains lead the way, followed by hints of whole wheat toast and lemon curd. The long, mouth-watering finish brings the citrus elements back to the fore. (JC)  (3/2016)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2013 Chardonnay has an understated, very classy nose of white peaches, fresh apples and lemon curd with hints of honeysuckle, almonds and baker's yeast. Medium-bodied, the intensity of flavors - both citrusy and savory - does not disappoint with gorgeous ginger and nut layers and a lovely long finish. (LPB) 91+  (12/2015)

90 points Vinous

 Bright medium yellow. Very ripe yellow fruits complicated by a sulfidey, leesy complexity and a hazelnutty nuance. Tactile, concentrated and strong, with a note of oak char adding another dimension without overwhelming the grapefruit and stone fruit flavors. At once structured and delicate. The Mendoza clone is high in acidity, notes Kevin Judd, and this wine always goes through malolactic fermentation. (ST)  (5/2016)

K&L Notes

91 Wine Front: "Kicks off with smoke and nougat scents, some toffee apple character, sniff of charred lime. Tangier than expected in palate, some warmth, wood spice, flinty character, mouthwatering acidity. Toastiness lingers in the finish. Power packed style, but has a freshness too, curiously. Like bold chardonnay? Here it is."

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Staff Image By: Stefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/15/2017 | Send Email
This is a dynamic Chardonnay that is not shy about showcasing its flavors and richness. I find it very similar to a cooler climate California Chardonnay with it's subtle oak presence and fuller mouthfeel from the lees aging. While it is on the bigger, richer side, it is still very vibrant and balanced out nicely by the Marlborough acidity. If you dig California Chard, this is a spot on choice for you!

Staff Image By: Shaun Green | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/10/2017 | Send Email
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Blind I thought this was a much higher end Chardonnay. Although the new world ripeness shows through, there are a lot of Burgundian qualities here, a lovely flinty smoky hazelnut nose, rich and expressive layered over beautiful peach laced ripe apple fruit. The oak while present is not overwhelming at all, and absorbs well into the mid palate. Framed with lovely acidity and a stony edge to the finish there is little to argue with here, its' a lovely complex chardonnay at a fantastic price.
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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.