Bell Hill Old Weka Pass Road Chardonnay 2014 (screwcap) 13%
Highly aromatic, struck match and pepper touches, the fruit more restrained, pineapple, marmalade perhaps. Linear palate, both acid and alcohol are firm, mouthfeel creamy but not soft. A complex, savoury style, with light racy fruit. Ready now.
Front label note – “702 bottles produced in 2014”
This wine is only available (maximum of three per order) to mail order customers, first time that I have seen it offered, seems that Bell Hill have produced this wine to preserve the integrity of their top white from 2014, Bell Hill Chardonnay, and released this second label as a mature wine – great idea.
[Author’s note – we drink a lot of Chardonnay in our household, from all over the world, so oak impact and reduced sulphurs compounds are not unappreciated Chez Tudor, however this was one of the more controversial examples recently and was not unanimously liked – the MW however had the casting vote]