Giesen Clayvin single vineyard Chardonnay 2015

From one of Marlborough’s best known and regarded vineyards, a single vineyard wine of some distinction. A light straw yellow, brilliant and shining in the glass. Cashew, peach ice cream and a smoky yeastiness on the nose. Grapefruit, ripe pear, popcorn and marzipan mingle in the complex and rich palate. There’s a subtle toasted oak influence and a luscious vanilla-custard soaked texture; but quite poised, with intense acid lines. The structure is quite tightly bound together yet; still opening and building. I get a sense of underlying opulence and power, waiting to break free. As you’d expect, the finish is long, satisfying and weighty with a light mineral edge.

It’s good drinking now – a dense, brooding wine; but I’m pretty sure you’d come back to this in five years time and find your socks on the other side of the room – blown clean off.

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