2009 Man O' War Valhalla Chardonnay
Waiheke Island, New Zealand

Bigger, more rounded and layered than the regular Man O' War Chardonnay, which we of course heartily recommend as it is delicious in a different way, the Valhalla has loads of ripe apricot, pear, and red grapefruit with a wonderfully balancing acidic component. Our description may be overdone but the wine is not; it is really tasty.

90 WA

2009 Man O' War Valhalla Chardonnay


$26.99 as part of a mixed case.

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Winemaker's Notes
"The 2009 Valhalla Chardonnay shows complex savoury aromas supported by quality oak and typical fruit characters found at the ripe end of the Chardonnay flavour spectrum; grapefruit and marmalade characters with hints of apricot characters derived from a small amount of noble berries in the bunches. The palate has good weight balanced with vibrant acidity and quinine like freshness on the finish. A savoury complex wine that will reward time in the glass to open up or similarly time in the cellar to become perfectly integrated."

Technical Notes
"Multiple passes through the vineyards were made to avoid any botrytis. Hand harvesting resulted in selections of fruit in very good condition with golden bunches showing ripe flavours and good acidity. Whole bunch pressed straight to a mix of 225 and 500 litre French oak barrels. A spontaneous fermentation was carried out by wild yeasts followed by elevage on lees for the winter. At the onset of Spring the wines had an addition of sulphur to halt the onset of Malolactic fermentation."
Wine Advocate
"90 pts ... 2009 Valhalla Chardonnay is a more serious, age-worthy proposition, giving intense notes of toast, roasted nuts, yeast, sulfides, warm apricots, fresh figs and some ginger. Crisp, rich, concentrated and full, there's a wonderfully nervy tension in the mid-palate and a long minerally finish. It should be at its best from 2012 to 2016."