(2000) Essence of gooseberry on the nose, which carries through powerfully onto the palate. Plenty of juicy, uncomplicated fruit, medium-body a hint of being off-dry and a long, clean finish. Nice summer wine.
(2000) Distinctly nettly nose with plenty of orchard fruit too. Palate is quite full and more obvious high-ripeness tropical nuances creep in of mango and pineapple sweetness. Maybe a wee bit raw and alcoholic in the finish, but bags of fruit and a clean style.
(1998) Light golden colour. Very oaky nose, deep and buttery with hints of baked apples and spice. Palate is dominated by toasty oak, with only hints of melon fruit. Tart acidity brings the finish up short. I was a bit surprised by this usually reliable, crowd-pleasing Chardonnay: I thought it was a bit over-oaked and disjointed.