This Monterrey Chardonnay presents a crisp tangy balance of rich flavors. Peaches, nectarines, mango and hints of guava and bread fruit are the flavors that make up the complexity of this wine. This chardonnay is rich and smooth, very drinkable. It has a sweet start with all the fruit flavors however it has a dry finish. This wine is aged completely without oak barrels. I see this resulting in a lighter colored and clearer wine. I will also say I did not miss the oak flavor. I would pair this with light summer fare, salads and grilled fish.
The Banrock Station Chardonnay presents intense fruit aromas of citrus and peach with hints of tropical notes, spicy vanilla bean and sweet oak to the nose. The flavors of fresh and juicy fruit salad made of peach, melon and honeydew, with hints oak influence. This wine has a soft and creamy full bodied texture, balanced acid and excellent length. This is a dry, fairly full bodied Chardonnay. I see this wine being served with seafood such a swordfish or grilled mahi-mahi.
Acidity: 5.5 -7g/l
pH: 3.0 –3.4
Banrock Station’s wine making philosophy is to create flavorsome, generous, value for money Australian wines, while demonstrating respect for the good earth from which they come. They have tremendous respect for the environment. Part of this respect is introduction of varieties that grow more sustainably in the South Australian climate. Mediterranean varieties are proving great water-savers as well as producing a wonderful variety of flavors for today’s adventurous palates. The 239 hectare vineyard is managed using best-practice techniques. Irrigation is used only as necessary, indicated by moisture probes in the soil. Gradual conversion to sub-surface irrigation and vineyard-wide mulching both reduce the amount of supplementary watering required.
In 2002 the Banrock Station vineyard achieved the international environmental management system accreditation, ISO 14001.
This is another offering from Noble Vines. This chardonnay is crisp and clean with an oak or maple woody flavor on the front end that fades to the taste of light citrus such as such as lime and other tropical fruits. The aroma is one of almonds and pears. I found the 446 to be a bit acidic but still a very pleasant white wine Pair this wine roasted chicken or other fowl, soft cheeses and autumn salads. In past vintages the 446 was a single vineyard wine. That reference is missing from the 2013 on the label and on the Noble Vines Website. So, I am assuming that this is blended with grapes from a different vineyard for 2013. Of course the back label refers to this all being vine type 4 from block 46 (which is where the 446 number comes from) so my assumption may be wrong. At $10 to $12 dollars a bottle this is a very drinkable chardonnay.
Overall a good wine, not a great chardonnay