Shaw & Smith Lenswood Chardonnay 2016
Fantastic nose: some hints of toasty oak, ripe stone fruit and creamy nougat but kept in check very nicely. 30% malolactic fermentation used which seems to strike a perfect balance. The palate is not as open and opulent as the nose suggests it might be, perhaps to the benefit of the wine. Rather it brings together notes of almond and almond meal, zesty citrus tones and chrystaline acidity as it tightens towards the back of the palate. A fantastic achievement by the Shaw + Smith team. - Ches Cook, FWC.
Struck match, almond paste, slight peppermint perfume, a little nectarine, cream. Very tight palate, creaminess from malolactic but such racy acidity though its glossy feel you’d hardly know. Citrus the dominant flavour, with the lovely almond stuff providing a snuggly coverlet. Pithy grapefruit finish of intensity and length. Early days for this wine, and very good it is too. 95+ Points. Drink: 2019-2028+. - Gary Walsh, The Wine Front.
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