2012 Man O’ War Valhalla Chardonnay, Waiheke Island, New Zealand
Deliciously creamy, oaky, nutty, leesy, powerful, and exuberant though this is achieved in a definite finesse, complexity, balance.
The palate displays a backbone of strong mineral acidity, well balanced by a mid+ body and an enjoyable oily texture. It feels dry and citrusy sharp with a velvety texture from fine oak tannins.
This wine should age well considering the acidity and the time it has spent on lees in barrel. Good to drink now but you should be able to store until 2022 for further nutty, way, and spicy notes.
This is powerful stuff with intense aromatic presence. If you don’t like oaky, buttery, and nutty Chardy, stay away from it. But if you haven’t experienced a Montrachet-like New Zealand Chardonnay with boosted complex flavours, no hesitation, this is good stuff…
Find out more about the producing winery at ManOWarVineyards.co.nz