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2003 Umathum Chardonnay
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no stars Points | International Wine Cellar , November/December 2004

($24) The ostensibly simpler of two Umathum chardonnays and largely rendered in tank, this displays a natural smokiness; flavors of apple, fennel and kumquat; a polished, creamy palate with a fine exchange of fruit and lees; and more than merely satisfying length. I found none of Umathum's other recent whites nearly so interesting. 1 star.

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