Groves Chardonnay 2022

A single vineyard wine from Martinborough, from an organically-farmed vineyard, and a rarity, with only 483 bottles made. A straw-green colour in the glass. The perfume is as savoury as it is fruity, with notes of green olive, tarragon, fennel, white wood smoke and a flinty minerality. White peach, ginger, lemon and sliced pear emerge on the palate. Tightly concentrated, with a zing of acidity that gives excellent drive. There are hints of oak, and a little fruit tannin, forming the core with that spine of linear acidity. Great purity (only partial malolactic fermentation) energy, balance and length on the finish. 96pts

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