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Grant Burge GB23 Chardonnay Viognier 2009
Grape Variety – Chardonnay, Viognier
Pale, golden straw colour. Ripe, rich stewed fruit. Tropical notes plus some raisin, guava and fig backed up with petrol aromas. On the palate a mix of stewed fruit again, rich and full bodied with good acidity. Off dry and good length.
This wine gives extraordinary value for money. For me it is such a complex wine that it took me a while to come up with a tasting note for it. The different levels of fruit are almost layered, hard to pin down. The Viognier is quite apparent on the nose with petrol notes. Unusual in the sense that if you mention petrol aromas you would normally associate it with Riesling. The acid levels are well matched with the fruit. I wouldn’t say it’s a wine that will develop any more than what it has already done but it should keep for a couple of years at least, would need more acidity to give it any real age potential.
On the whole a really good wine. Very enjoyable.
You can drink this on its own or with white meats, salads, even a cheese board.
£8.99 from North and South Wines.
Supplier Hatch Mansfield.