Adrianna Vineyard White Bones Chardonnay 2019
99 points, “Honeysuckle, ripe pear and some dried apple. So perfumed. Full-bodied with incredible intensity and length. So much green-apple character and lots of flowers. Dried mango, too. The touch of flor growth in the barrel gives this unique character. Goes on for minutes on the finish. Endless, vibrant acidity. Minerally texture.” – James Suckling
Make no bones about it, White Bones is a phenomenal Chardonnay that surpasses many Grand Cru Burgundy wines in quality.
Rich, bold, showy, energetic and seemingly unstoppable; if White Bones weren’t a wine, it would probably be an adventurer setting off around the world solo in a hot air balloon. It hails from just a few rows of vines in a cool-climate and high-altitude vineyard in Gualtallary. Beneath these vines lie calcareous deposits of limestone and fossilised animal bones, hence the name. This used to be a seabed but is now 5,000 feet above sea level. Planted in 1992, Adrianna Vineyard is South America’s Grand Cru and will one day be right up there with the likes of La Tâche and Lafite. Aged in French oak for between 12 and 16 months, this voluptuous Chardonnay is flamboyant and aromatic, erupting with honeysuckle, white flowers, fresh herbs, apple crisps, ripe pear, salted butter and white pepper. Treat it with the same reverence as you might a Grand Cru Burgundy, and serve it alongside beurre blanc, creamy sauces and meaty fish.
Catena Zapata was named “The World’s Most Admired Wine Brand 2020” by Drinks International. Established in 1902, the bodega played a pioneering role in the explosion of Malbec and in exploring extreme high-altitude winemaking. Nicolás Catena Zapata, a former Decanter Man of the Year, is widely credited with putting Argentinean wine on the world map and should be placed on a level with the likes of Robert Mondavi in Napa and Angelo Gaja in Piedmont. “The most important winery in Argentina”, according to Wine Advocate, who also notes that: “the name Catena on the label is a guarantee of quality.” The winery is now run by Dr Laura Catena, the fourth-generation vintner and a graduate of both Harvard and Stanford Universities, who is fast becoming the face of Argentinian wine. When she’s not making wine or writing books, she is a part-time physician of Emergency Medicine in San Francisco – a suitably remarkable winemaker for an equally remarkable estate.
£13.33 per 100.00ml
SKU No.: 3506328
Style No.: 897254
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