Main Divide Chardonnay from the Donaldson Family in North Canterbury always punches well above its weight and the latest release is yet another fine example offering plenty of concentration and complexity (including some gunflinty notes). And value… for a fully hand-picked and barrel fermented Chardonnay that gets some serious attention in the winery it sells at an incredibly modest price.
Winery notes (2018 Vintage)
"It is lemon/straw in colour, with delicate aromas of white peach and citrus, together with some underlying savoury notes of toast and hazelnut. There is also a hint of struck match, adding complexity and a flinty minerality. The wine has satisfying concentration on the palate, however remains elegant and focussed, with refreshing acidity and a lingering finish."
91/100 Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, January 2020 (2018 Vintage)
"Beautifully fruited and inviting, the wine shows apricot, apple, fig and vanilla characters on the nose with a hint of gun smoke. It's succulent and rounded on the palate with excellent weight and intensity, backed by creamy mouthfeel and bright acidity, finishing long and complex. At its best: now to 2022."
Cameron Douglas MS, November 2019 (2018 Vintage)
"Bold and expressive aromas of yellow peach and red apple, plenty of toasty wood, burnt butter, vanilla, wood shavings and nutty oak suggestions. Equally expressive and intense on the palate with flavours that directly reflect the nose. Medium acidity, plenty of toasty brown spices of wood. Quite weighty, balanced and well made. Drink now and through 2021."