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2013 Hope Estate Chardonnay "Mountain Wash"

Winery: Hope Estate

Vintage: 2013

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Mountain Wash"

Wine Category: Chardonnay

Grape blend: 100% Chardonnay

Region: Hunter Valley

State or country: Australia

Price: $15

Cases produced: unknown

KWG Score: 87.5 (based on 2 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good (88)

Review date: February 25, 2017

Wine Review: The Hope Estate "Mountain Wash" Chardonnay from Hunter Valley is a great alternative to California, following the trend of less oak influenced wines. The nose does have some oak notes like vanilla and caramel, but they are second to Meyer lemon, pineapple, custard, and ripe passionfruit. The palate, however, doesn't flaunt the tropical fruit notes as much as it does stone fruits like apricots and peaches with a side of creme brulee. The finish is a bit tart with some green apple notes showing through but pleasantly long. The oak that is present is less integrated than one would hope but it doesn't distract from the main focus which is the Chardonnay grape. A drinkable and well-made Chardonnay that would pair nicely with shrimp scampi. - Nicolay

Winemaker Notes: Color: Pale yellow with greenish tint Aroma: Delicate peach, pear and ripe citrus fruits mingling with non-overpowering vanilla and light toasty oak. Flavor: This is a beautifully crafted wine. Full-flavored with ripe stone fruits at the fore, the oak is subtle and really well integrated and provides support to a palate that has texture, balance and just great mouth feel with a long, persistent and crisp finish. Food Marriage: This medium-bodied Chardonnay will complement most chicken, pasta and veal dishes. As long as the food is not too spicy or generally overpowering, it will provide a good match.

Organic status: not organic

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