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2005 The Colonial Estate Chardonnay Exodus Piccadilly Valley/Adelaide Hills
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94 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - July/August 2006

($81) Pale gold. Gorgeous aromas of tangerine, white peach, nectarine, iodine, pine nut, jasmine and fennel, with a lush buttery overlay and hints of stone, flowers and lees; this could easily pass for high-end Meursault. Spicy, focused and vibrant, but also possesses serious weight and a chewy texture. The lush pear, peach and buttery anise flavors expand and deepen on the extremely long finish, with a late snap of minerality bringing things into sharp focus. Major-league, superconcentrated Australian chardonnay, one of the two best I tried this year along with the 2004 from Giaconda.

89 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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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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