Mt. Arthur Reserve Nelson Chardonnay 2022
There’s a reason Mt Arthur Chardonnay has become our flagship wine. A beautiful seductive wine with complex stone fruit aromas and the smoky notes of new French barrique on the nose, the palate is fresh and opulent, brimming with flavours of ripe peach, apricot, vanilla and abundant well-balanced warming spices.
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Harvest 2022 threw just about everything at us to challenge even the most seasoned grower. From a cool, damp flowering period, beautiful hot January followed by super wet February, huge disease pressure all round, etc. Fortunately from the beginning of March onwards, the fine weather returned and stayed. While yields were down on average, the fruit that was harvested was in the main very good and we’re looking forward to some great wine. 100% fermentation in a mix of new and older French oak barriques for over 10 months. Complex stone fruit aromas and the soft, smoky influence of new French barrique on the nose, the palate is fresh and opulent, brimming with flavours of ripe peach, apricot, vanilla and abundant well-balanced warming spices.
A perfect match with lobster, crayfish, scallops & prawns or simply enjoy on its own slightly chilled.
A beautiful seductive wine, drinking well now but would reward patience beyond 2030.
Reviews & Awards
Excellent - Cameron Douglas Master Sommelier 2023
By Cameron Douglas, MS
Very attractive bouquet of complexity and array of fresh fruit flavours. Fresh figs and peaches, roasted apple and quince, vanilla and cashew nut, grapefruit peel and a gentle flinty quality. Weight and mouthfeel are harmonious with acidity carrying the core flavours adding a crisp texture leading to a dry lengthy finish. Well made, persistent and tasty with a fresh cheese and natural yoghurt flick on the finish. Best drinking form 2023 through 2028+.
5 Stars - Sam Kim, Wine Orbit 2023
By Sam Kim
It's gorgeously composed and richly expressed, showing grilled stone fruit, mango, vanillin oak and brioche characters on the nose. The palate displays excellent weight and rounded mouthfeel, wonderfully complemented by fleshy texture and refreshing acidity. Opulent and flavoursome with a persistent plush finish. At its best: now to 2029.
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