Fromm La Strada Chardonnay 2016 (Marlborough, New Zealand) "...white nectarines, candied grapfruit, chalky minerals..."
A ripe and generous Chardonnay underpinned by a core of minerality. 100% old vine Mendoza clone, hand-picked, then crushed and pressed into Burgundy oak barrels for wild yeast fermentation until dry, before being matured in barrel for 12 months during which time the wine underwent full malolactic fermentation. The first impression is of ripe fruit hinting at preserved lemons, white nectarines and candied grapefruit. The nose then unfolds into savoury elements of bakers’ yeast, toasted brioche and chalky minerals. The palate is full with good fruit weight, cleansing acidity and a focused structure that sees the wine linger between sips. This 2016 gracefully walks the tight rope between generosity and elegance. Certified organic. - Winery notes
Made by Austrian winemaker Hätsch Kalberer it is pure deliciousness and a perfect example of where new world Chardonnay ought to sit. Bucket- loads of juicy fruit arrives first, bringing ripe stone fruits plus a tart grapefruit goodness. Yet the fruit-drive is not overdone. It remains wound tight and well knitted as the palate unfurls into yellow citrus pith, smacking of old world sensibilities, and an enjoyable drying bitterness. After which those yeasty, bready aromas that presented at first sniff appear as dry, savoury flavours to round things out.
The overall experience is one of complex layering delivering a parade of flavours and textures that is unmistakably chardonnay and unmistakably my idea of a good time.- Grizzly Dickens