Ageworthy chardonnay

Foxes Island Belsham Awatere Estate Chardonnay 2013, Marlborough, NZD $49

This concentrated and vibrant chardonnay carries a bold recommendation to cellar for 15 to 20 years from release, that’s 2032 to 2037 if my calculations are correct. At five years of age, the wine certainly does appear to be quite youthful. It’s a rich and complex wine with toast, peach, biscuit and hazelnut flavours. Appealing now. Why wait. (Screwcap)

Score: 95 ★★★★★ – view Bob’s original tasting

Alcohol: 12%

Ageing: now to 2024

Food: Sardines on toast

Stockists: Foxes Island Wines online; Foxes Island Cellar Door, Auckland (NZ) Langton’s, Sydney (AU)

Ranked: #9 of 56 2013 Chardonnay from Marlborough

Awarded: Top Rank

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