Bright, golden colour. Beautifully evolved nose of aromas of pineapple and mango on a palate of honey and delicate vanilla-like hints of the oak. Its mouth is round and generous, giving a feeling of sweetness and it is balanced in acidity with a long-lasting freshness on the finish.
Wine Advocate 87 points - The 2011 Chardonnay Emphasis was oak aged for six months. Despite the modest oak aging, this does have a notable vanilla and caramel overlay on opening. It also shows nice depth of fruit underneath the caramel and vanilla, however, along with some acidity that cuts through the oak. It is a vintage that will meet many expectations and, given that it just arrived here, it may yet integrate the oak a bit better. The freshness lurking underneath makes it worth taking a chance on, and it may even be entitled to a small uptick. It does otherwise drink nicely now. There were 5,000 bottles produced. Drink now-2015. (Apr 2013)