The Darling, Marlborough, New Zealand, Chardonnay 2014
Cameron Douglas, Master Sommelier
Chardonnay has a thousand different faces, and this one is out of left field, like an obscure film festival movie. The flinty mineral sulphide layer engages you aromatically and engages you on the palate. It has a lot less oak, and a lot more personality.
The grapes were picked in late April. They were lightly crushed and pressed while still cold, retaining their pure flavors. The wine was fermented in oak allowing subtle texture and complexity to be added. Natural yeast fermented the wine slowly to keep the softness and texture of the wine. It was aged on lees in oak with minimal intervention.
The grapes were sourced from a single organic vineyard in the Southern Valleys of Marlborough. The vines were low yielding giving great concentration of flavor.
This wine has been made in an old world style with minimal intervention. It is soft with great texture and has flavors of citrus, melon, white peach and a touch of flint. A refined mid palate, with great length of flavor. This wine will drink well anytime complementing seafood, as well as soft and hard cheese.