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Wine of the Week for week ending 26 Jul 2009
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Muddy Water Chardonnay 2007
Waipara, New Zealand

I've committed wine writer crime. I lost notes on a wine. How on earth that happened, I'm sure I don't know. Or maybe I do. The inkling is that I typed it on my computer and forgot to save the file. Then we finished the wine with dinner - well most of it - and then last night, a few days later polished off the dregs.

The wine was so memorable, it's the one I want to write up as Wine of the Week. The wine in question - Muddy Water Waipara Chardonnay 2007 - and totally not what I was expecting from this producer of outstanding Rieslings and deep intriguing Pinot Noir.

But what do I say other than it was delicious? I'll tell you how it lingers in my memory, that's what.

The Muddy Water Waipara Chardonnay 2007 was creamy, harmonious and full of butterscotch flavours that sat in nicely with the fresh, peach-like fruit - with perfectly balanced underlying savouriness from the yeast lees aging and toasty oak.

A big buttery C - from Waipara - yep, for sure. It came from a year when lower than normal acidity was achieved, hence the riper fruit profile of the wine. Malolactic fermentation helps with those buttery flavours too.

Let's go to the Muddy Water website - www.muddywater.co.nz - for more detail. There I find this is 100% Waipara Chardonnay hand harvested in five picks over two weeks in late March, early April. Pressed and racked to 228 litre barrels and 500 litre puncheons (10% new) for fermentation from native yeasts followed by a full malolactic fermentation. The wine was held on it fermentation lees for 11 months before bottling in March 2008.

So it had been in a bottle for over a year before I tasted it and gosh, it had developed beautifully.

It has 14.2% alcohol and is sealed with a screwcap. Price is in the vicinity of $32 a bottle.

Bottom line. Yum. A Chardonnay lover's style for sure. Also more proof that 2007 was looking good just about everywhere.

Hey - I found my notebook later - check out my Blog entry for the tasting note made on the first tasting of this wine. The memory note was from the course of the evening.

© Sue Courtney
20 Jul 2009


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