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2012 Oyster Bay Chardonnay
October 4, 2013 - Norman Bentley
Wines from Marlborough, New Zealand rank with some of the best wines in the world. The 2012 Oyster Bay Chardonnay is a good example of the wines from Marlborough, and was an excellent companion for the "Chardonnay Queen's" world famous Shrimp Scampi. Alas this was the last of the gulf shrimp which we brought back from Florida a few weeks ago, so I guess we will have get back down to the "Cottage by the Sea" for more.
The Oyster Bay has an excellent aroma of pear and apricot, with a little apple to guide the senses toward its full-bodied flavor. The flavors are in sync and contain tropical fruit and pear. with apple undertones leading into a clean and crisp finish. There is a mild presence of vanilla and oak at the end which highlights the creamy texture of the wine. The alcohol content is 13%.
This is a solid example of a New Zealand Chardonnay, and was good with our special shrimp scampi. It would also pair well with a host of other seafood fare. You might want to try it with lemon chicken, or grilled turkey breast. Norm's score is 86.
Price: $11 - $15
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