Saturday 13 March 2010

Mission Estate Jewelstone Chardonnay 2006

Mission Estate is located in the Hawkes Bay and claims to be New Zealand’s oldest winery (1851).  The last couple of times I have visited the vineyard, I tend to find that they are quite commercialised and I’m not particularly fond of the “cellar door” experience (unless dining there, which is something I haven’t done for a long time), however they do have some lovely wines.

Jewelstone is Mission Estate’s flagship brand. The Chardonnay is coloured with a Pale Straw / Tinge of Green, and has French Oak / Toasty characteristics to the nose. 

To taste, it has a hint of grapefruit, and has a lovely all of mouth experience that is very soft with a lingering tail with medium oak and medium acidity.  Drinking well now.

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