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2006 The Colonial Estate Chardonnay Exodus Piccadilly Valley/Adelaide Hills
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92 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - September/October 2008

($65) Bright yellow-gold. Powerful, deeply concentrated aromas of buttery apple, pear, yellow plum and butterscotch, with a subtle mineral quality adding energy. Deep and brooding, offering weighty orchard and pit fruit flavors that completely coat the palate. A major mouthful of wine, finishing on a sweet melon note, with impressive length. This was reportedly cropped at less than three-quarters of a ton per acre and is rich and weighty enough to serve with a cheese course.

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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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