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1999 Narkoojee Chardonnay
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NARKOOJEE – THE NEXT GIACONDA?Harry Friend of Narkoojee vineyards in Gippsland is rapidly gaining a cult following for his extraordinary Chardonnays, which in many ways draws comparison to the early days of Giaconda.The tiny 4.2 ha vineyard was established in 1990 and was planted out to Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon.Like the wines of Giaconda, the Chardonnay has always been the star, with Pinot following. Varied success has been achieved with the Cabernet blends, although having said that, the new releases are very impressive.
Narkoojee has had a relatively low profile to date, however, Harry has managed to gain support from a dedicated client base (many of whom actually pick grapes) and raised funds for a vineyard expansion programme. A professional Board of Directors has been appointed, with former Labour Minister Robert Fordham as Chairman.
The 1998 Narkoojee Chardonnay was featured in our last newsletter and won great critical acclaim from all who tasted the wine.
The 1999 vintage has just been released and to date has been awarded 5 Trophies, three Gold Medals as well as being the highest pointed Chardonnay in Australia’s Top 100 as voted by the Adelaide Advertiser. Our assessment of the 1999 Narkoojee confirms the judges opinions, and creates a new collectors opportunity, as well as a potential investment upside.
TASTING NOTE: A remarkable wine. Rich and complex, with great power and concentration of flavour. Brilliant straw colour. The nose reveals all, displaying great complexity, with aromas of yeast lees, almonds, biscuit and toasted oak. The palate is drier than Australian counterparts and clearly inspired by the great wines of Burgundy. Complex concentrated flavours of nut, biscuit, hazelnut, almonds, toasted oak and yeast lees. Outstanding length with creamy texture. Perfect balance and extremely long aftertaste. At $30 this wine is about a third of the price of its two peers, Giaconda and Leeuwin Estate Art Series Chardonnay. What more can you say! Cellar 3-4 years.
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