Eveningside Vineyard generously contributed a case of their 2008 unoaked Chardonnay, retail value $160.00.
This delightful Chard opened with rich aromas and flavors of apple and burnt butter, balanced with tart lemon grass. It undergoes 60% malolactic fermentation and spends 16 months in neutral barrels. Enjoy this rich, tart, wonderfully balanced Chardonnay with cornish game hen.
The nose is redolent of honeysuckle. The palate is tart apple and lemon cream, with a background of toast. The finish shows a bit of browned butter. This is clean and refreshing, with a good acid backbone. Drin...
This vineyard overlooks the more infamous Mate’s vineyard and has a South and West aspect. There is much more fruit on the nose with some white flower. The minerality in this wine is barely detected and the texture is elegant and pleasing. This is my favorite of the Kumeu River Chardonnay lineup.