I opened these two to go with a big shrimp sandwich with lettuce and a home made lime mayonnaise.
2012 Chardonnay, Greywacke
Kevin Judd´s 2012 has a medium deep, smoky nose with notes of ripe yellow apples, banana peel, lemon cream, warm grass and hints of sun cream. Very good and of course young. A nice addition of oak.
The taste is big, upfront and yummy with notes of yellow apples, smoke, melon and toasted bread. The finish is long and warm, but the 14,5% are noticeable in the end. A candid wine that will need some bottle age.
87p (tasted 2015/06)
2012 Mate´s Vineyard Chardonnay, Kumeu River
A bit restrained nose at first but with some air this blossoms into a beauty, with notes of wet stones, chalk, white currants, lemon peel and a touch of smoke. Laid back, deep and refined. Very, very good.
The taste is cool, focused and structured with notes of lemon peel, white currants, cold butter and a touch of cap gun smoke. The finish is long and persistent. Has a lovely balance. This is really good. And it should get even better with 3-5 years in the cellar. Just to compare, this has 13% alcohol.
92p (tasted 2015/06)