Spent a few hours at the New Zealand Wine Growers tasting today in London. It was great to see so many winemakers and punters there, but it did make it very hard to concentrate on tasting.
One of my highlights – and there were a few – was this Chardonnay from Mountford Estate in Waipara. They are imported into the UK by Hallowed Ground.
Mountford Estate Chardonnay 2008 Waipara
Complex, restrained, nutty, minerally and bready. It has rich, bold fruit, but it’s also superbly elegant and shows great acidity, despite all the concentration of flavour. A thrilling wine, although at a suggested retail price of £37, it isn’t cheap. 95/100