This is Mendoza and 548 clone. 30% new French oak for 11 months. A bit more restraint and brightness to Elston these days, though it still has a certain opulence.
Almond, cinnamon, nutmeg, green tobacco, a little gun smoke, nashi pear and nectarine. There’s some real lemonade flavour along with dried pear, a pleasing crunch and freshness to acidity, a friand and dried coconut richness, and a bright finish of excellent length. Very good Chardonnay. Ticks a lot of boxes, you might say. 94 Points - Gary Walsh. The Wine Front.