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2012 Arboleda Chardonnay
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- Cellar Drink Now - 3 years (2014-2017)
- ABV 13.5%
- Closure: Stelvin
Arboleda' is the premium tier in the Eduardo Chadwick family of wines. The fruit for the Chardonnay is sourced from their Chilhue vineyard –a 1047 hectare property of rolling hills located just 12km from the Pacific Ocean which experiences similar conditions to that of Marlborough in New Zealand making it ideal for growing cool climate grape varieties.
Arboleda's Chardonnays have excelled delivering intense flavours and rich textures. This is their best yet.
Fermentation took place in French oak barrels, 6% of which were new with the balance in second and third use barrels. A portion of the wine remained on its lees for 10 months to enhance the wines textural qualities and add complexity. 35% of the wine underwent malolactic fermentation. ‘Arboleda’s Chardonnays have excelled delivering intense flavours and rich textures. ’
Brilliant pale straw colour with straw greenish tinged edges and watery hue. The bouquet is quite alluring with its lifted aromatic profile of ripe white peach, cashew, butterscotch and light honeycomb followed by some spice end notes. Excellent varietal character. The palate features wonderful intensity and textural qualities with rich generous flavours of ripe peach, creamy cashew, honeycomb and spicy butterscotch. Clean finish with a very creamy almost luscious mouthfeel. Long ripe peach, honeycomb, cashew and spice aftertaste.
Drink over the next 2-3 years (2014-2017).