Three Ponds Chardonnay 2019
- Hunter Valley -
Fermented and matured in tight grain french oak barrels.
Aromas of white melon, citrus and vanilla with generous and creamy palate.
Vineyard Three Ponds Vineyard, Broke
Winemaker Andrew Spinaze
Smoky, cashew nut and dried banana aromas. The palate is soft and rounded, fleshy and easygoing, with rounded structure that is soft and gentle with mild acidity. Nectarine fruit and good freshness. It’s again soft on the finish, with moderate length and a clean, dry finish.
Huon Hooke – Real Review – 89/100
Fermented and aged in tight grain French oak. Melony fruit greets you on the bouquet, but it’s fighting for attention with the oak which is perhaps a little too obvious at this stage. There’s ample sweet-fruited flavour on the palate, and while softness is the overall impression, there’s enough acidity to provide a clean finish of good length.
Steven Creber – Wine Companion – 90/100
Chardonnay food pairing
Chardonnay is always made dry and is medium or full bodied. Depending on the amount of oak, chardonnay ranges from fruity to buttery. In the Hunter Valley chardonnays are ripe, often displaying melon and nutty characters too. Chardonnays are versatile for food pairing, matching seafoods, soft cheese, creamy dishes, vegetables and white meats very well. Given that Hunter Chardonnays have good body, pairing with red meats and red pasta sauces also works well. We find chardonnay an excellent wine to use when cooking a bolognese sauce - it adds rich flavour whilst not making the sauce too heavy or too dark.