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2004 The Colonial Estate Chardonnay Exodus Piccadilly Valley/Adelaide Hills
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91 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - July/August 2005

($100) Medium gold. Exotic peach, apricot, honeyed apple, poached pear, fennel and mineral scents, with spicy, leesy, nutty and sulfidey aromas suggestive of Meursault. Rich and thick, with buttery ripe apple, hazelnut, brioche and acacia honey flavors that do not come at the expense of nerve and focus. Round and vigorous on the finish, with long, spicy, mineral-tinged orchard fruit notes. An impressively concentrated, exotically complex effort.

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The best Chardonnays in the world continue to arrive from the region where the grape first emerged: the chalk, clay, and limestone vineyards of Burgundy and Chablis. While the origins of the grape were disputed for many years, with some speculating that the grape came all the way from the Middle East, DNA researchers at the University of California-Davis proved in 1999 that Chardonnay actually developed...
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