As we all know (unless you are a boxer that's taken a few too many blows to the head) that O is not for awesome but the latest release from Brancott blurs those lines a little as it could be said that this O is awesome. O is also for Omaka, where this wine hails from in Marlborough. It is a fantastically rich Chardy where the 40% new oak is easily soaked up by the luscious golden fruits. Wild fermentation, lees stirring and full malolactic has added complexity and texture.
Winery notes (2019 Vintage)
"This is a highly-textured wine with flinty characters that marry beautifully with strong stone fruit and citrus notes and a toasty and mealy complexity. The luxurious palate is rich, soft and full with a peaches, cream and nutty-like quality and full textural finish."
Reviews for previous vintages below…
95/100 IWSC 2019 (2018 Vintage)
"Really intense on the nose, with rich, toasty and leesy characters and well-integrated oak. White stone fruit and a lovely citrus twist to the palate, together with a mineral element, provide the wine with great freshness. There is a great finish and a marvellous texture to this wine."
98/100 DWWA (2017 Vintage)
"Complexity is part of this superlative wine’s appeal with seductive toast, clove, honey, biscuit, lemon zest, citrus peel and struck match aromatics. The palate is rich and rounded with a laser-etched level of acidity and ripe stone fruit, toast and creamy flavours. Wow."
4 ½ Stars Michael Cooper (2017 Vintage)
"Named after the company's Omaka Vineyard, this typically powerful, high-flavoured wine is hand-picked at sites on the south side of the Wairau Valley, fermented with indigenous yeasts in French oak barriques (about 40 per cent new), and given a full, softening malolactic fermentation. An upfront style, the 2017 vintage is bright, light lemon/green, with a fragrant, smoky bouquet, mouthfilling body and strong, ripe, peachy, slightly toasty flavours. Weighty and youthful, it should be at its best 2020+."
4 Stars & Best Buy Cuisine Chardonnay Tasting, August 2019 (2017 Vintage)
"A spicy and toasty style with burnt match aromas. The palate has enough depth of fruit to support the aromatic char and the ripe pink grapefruit notes juxtaposed with the savoury sea spray works very well."
NWWA (2017 Vintage)
"In 1975 the founders of Brancott Estate planted the first Sauvignon Blanc grapes in the Marlborough region and, in doing so, changed the face of the region forever. While Sauvignon Blanc was the success of the region it encouraged other successful grape varieties to also be trialled there. Again Brancott Estate was at the forefront with their 1996 Marlborough Chardonnay being voted International Chardonnay of the Year at the London International Wine Challenge. Today that excellence in Marlborough Chardonnay continues in the Brancott ‘O’ series which is produced with fruit from their top performing vineyards with an aim to achieve a perfect harmony of aroma, flavour, structure and body.
This wine displays those qualities with aromas of popcorn and flinty grapefruit, with beautiful complexity along with flavours of summer peach and almond balancing the integrated oak. Bright juicy acidity which follows a line through to the finish creating a complete textural experience."