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Charteris VanderMark Vineyard Chardonnay
“A lot like the 2018 summer this wine is straight out of the blocks, abundant and lifted with ripe stone fruit and layers of complexity. My first thoughts go to the Golden Weather of childhood summer. Juicy ripe peaches and nectarines straight from the tree and the faint hint of orchard dust on a warm afternoon while throwing said fruit at my brother instead of putting it in the picking bucket. Heady, idyllic and sentimental all at the same time. Once the sun drenched sepia glow lifts there is complexity and slate, dusty quartz and that ever so subtle sense of glacier dust that you get with proximity to the Southern Alps. Go to Central Otago in late summer and you will know what I mean. Buried deep behind all of this is a very delicate floral Muscat note which is from the 809 clone.
There is a glide to the entry, but some real texture through the mid to finish which keeps the wine structured and persistent. The exit is textured and perhaps even a little staunch at the moment, but that gives presence and power, like Meursault. The acidity is completely woven into the core of the wine giving a subtle resonance.” PJ Charteris
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