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2013 Lion's Tooth Chardonnay
Brilliant, pale platinum gold. Youthfully closed at first pour, but opening with intense and diverse aromas, ranging from wet slate minerality, to Granny Smith apples, Meyer lemon, and juicy nectarine, backed by enticing empyreumatics. A chalky mouthfeel and broad shouldered body, work towards creating a synergy to be reckoned with. Power and vivacity are complemented by ongoing length, like an arm reaching out and pulling you back in for more.
95 Points ~ “This is at the top of its game. Faint cashew and light honey scents with florals, whiff of ferns, slosh of stone fruit. Superb texture, a real feature of this wine, offering a core of flint-flecked minerality painted with a light glossy coat. Long in flavour, bright in chardonnay flavour, gentle limey acidity that finishes the wine in a breathy tang. Pure and full of energy, but with a come hither feel. It’s just so wonderful to drink.” ~ Mike Bennie, tasted February 2016
"Bright golden lemon colour. Quite discrete ripe orange, roasted cashew, almost manuka honey feel. Lovely mature, rich entry, dense and full but with real lemony acidity, definite lemon honey feel. Strong". ~ Steve Smith MW, tasted March 2023