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McManis California Chardonnay 2017

08 October,2018

It is very pleasing to see the growth of Californian wines available in the New Zealand market. For many years the wines from one of the most important vignobles in the world were well underrepresented in this country, bar for some of the most expensive or the cheapest. The mid-range which offers varietal expression, character and good value is now being explored by the adventurous wine distributors, such as Procure Liquor, who import the McManis Family Vineyards range. A broad range of this brand has been brought into New Zealand for the last four years, very successfully, as continuing demand grows. Here, I review the new release 2017 McManis ‘River Junction’ California Chardonnay. www.mcmanisfamilyvineyards.com www.procureliquor.co.nz

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McManis River Junction California Chardonnay 2017

Chardonnay from USA

18/20

Bright yellow colour with light golden hues, pale on the rim. The nose is initially soft and gentle in expression but builds to show a finely packed core with an amalgam of fresh yellow stonefruits, citrus fruit and pineapples, along with fragrant, subtle oak lift. This has au underlying freshness to the aromatics. Medium-full bodied, the palate has rich flavours of ripe yellow stonefruits, tropical fruit and pineapple along with lifted fragrant oak, forming a plush, sweet-fruited heart. This has good weight, richness and depth, and a little alcoholic power providing drive. The wine carries along a light-textured line with fine acid cut and plenty of energy, carrying to a long, rounded finish. This is a rich, rounded Chardonnay with flavours of stonefruits, tropical fruit and pineapples with fragrant oak forming a sweet heart with some power and drive. Match with roasted pork over the next 3+ years. Fruit from the ‘River Junction’ vineyard at the confluence of the San Joaquin and Stanislaus rivers, cool-fermented in stainless-steel to 13.5% alc., the wine aged in new and seasoned French and American oak with two-thirds undergoing MLF. 18.0/20 Oct 2018 RRP $25.00

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