So, how's the Chardonnay trail going? I decided to try Jacob's Creek, the Orlando Brand. But not just the regular JC. No, I went to the top - to JC's top Chardonnay (part of the 'heritage' range). Here's my note.
Jacob's Creek Reeve's Point Chardonnay 2003 Australia
A perplexing wine. Is it brilliant (some have described it as a baby Yattarna), or is it merely very good? This is one of those bottles that doesn't quite answer the question. The nose shows quite fresh, bright lemon-edged fruit with some melony richness and a hint of vanilla. There's some green apple character, too, with tight spiciness. The palate is quite concentrated with tight lemony fruit, some pear fruit, and some oaky richness. Good acidity and finishes quite savoury. Restrained, fresh and bright, but at the same time a bit ungainly and chunky. Is it serious or is it missing the point? Time will tell. It's certainly aiming at restraint, which I guess is a good thing. Very good/excellent 90/100