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All stonefruit, supplemented - bolstered even - with a small portion of new (33%) oak. Wheaten and mealy, has the lovely golden suggestion of the setting sun.
Feels fleshy, almost chewy on entry. Not quite plump, rounded - not chiselled. That occurs elsewhere in the portfolio. Solid, some might say.
Balanced, nothing over the top, flavoursome to the very end - where a flash of citrussy acidity is actually quite welcome. 92
This is designated as a sub-regional wine, but I’m not sure if that means Tiers fruit and others from within the Valley as well? Similar handling to the other two wines, which suggests it’s more just declassified barrels. TA 7.4g/L, pH 3.07.
Not a massive step below Tiers in many ways. Full, nutty, oak kissed nose, the fruit underneath the classy winemaking. It doesn’t have the detail of the other two with just a slight sweet and sour edge, but such class. Missing just a little in the intensity stakes here, but I’m quibbling – this would beat many flagship Hills Chardonnay. Delicious. Best drinking: 2017-2022. 18/20, 93/100. 13.9%, $39. Would I buy it? Yes. A bargain really.