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John Forrest Collection Waitaki Valley Chardonnaytext
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John Forrest Collection Waitaki Valley Chardonnay 2011

Central Otago, South Island, New ZealandFresh asparagus, sweet peas and white meadow flowers rule this North Otago chardonnay, from a sloping side of limestone and Waitaki river gravels. The soils are felt in the tightness and backbone of this wine, though fermentation and aging in seasoned French oak has plumped it out greatly around the sides. Cashew, brioche and cream all jockey for leadership on the full palate, though it's sweet, spring vegetation that lingers on the finish.Tasted: 08 June 2016Tasted by: Treve RingPrices: NZ 45.00 NZ Producer: John ForrestGrape: ChardonnayUPC: 9419056110877