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2015 Golden Ball 'La-Bas' Chardonnay


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Our Price: $54.99 / bottle (RRP: $65.00 ) Case: 6 x 750ml

'Lovers of flavoursome chardonnay should apply here – it’s a cracker.'
94 Points - Mike Bennie

  • The Golden Ball property is rich in history, but was first developed as a winery in 1996 by Janine and James Mclaurin. They pride themselves on producing quality wines that are entirely crafted from their property. The philosophy of care surrounding their low-yield, hand-nurtured vineyards, results in wines of great intensity and finesse.


    Twenty year old vines grafted with two excellent Burgundian clones. Fermented in 35% new Burgundian coopered oak for 17 months. Complete malolactic and stirred on fine lees.


    'Juicy, fleshy chardonnay of high character and drinkability. Shows some caramelised nuttiness, saline tang, apply fruitiness and crackling acidity to taste. The bouquet is set to brown lime, honeycomb, sweet spice. I wrote ‘great!’ next to my tasting note. It’s an idiosyncratic chardonnay but loads in the charm and flavour. I enjoyed the evolution in glass, too. Lovers of flavoursome chardonnay should apply here – it’s a cracker.'
    94 Points - Mike Bennie

    'Hand-picked Mendoza and 95 clones (50/50%), whole bunch-pressed, a cool wild yeast fermentation in French oak (35% new), matured for 18 months. Well made, but it's not the Smith Vineyard fruit any more, so it's harder to tap into X-factor sources. It's got some deliberate funk, and has length and balance.'
    94 Points - James Halliday

    'Light, bright yellow colour. Very attractive and complex cashew-nutty, almond and toast bouquet, the palate likewise generous and rich and loaded with detail, while still being reasonably restrained. There is abundant fruit sweetness too. A generous chardonnay, loaded with flavour, but still beautifully contained.'
    93 Points - Huon Hooke

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