Oakvale Limited Release Reserve Chardonnay 2011

I don't normally think of chardonnay and the Hunter Valley, but this wine merits your attention regardless.

Hand picked and matured in French oak for 12 months, it is a pale intensity gold in colour and opens to a clean aroma of medium intensity cashew nuts, earth, good French oak and some muted lemon citrus, bound together with a creamy lactic character.  The palate is dry, with medium(-) acidity, medium(+) body, and a complex set of intermingled flavours of spice, nuts and lemon citrus (a bit more obvious on the palate), and near pronounced length. This is a very good wine that can be consumed now or over the next few years.  Only 150 cases were produced.  Very Good

Abv: 13.5%
Price: $40
Source: sample
Tasted: October 2012

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