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2011 Greywacke Chardonnay Marlborough
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89 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - September/October 2013

(14.5% alcohol):  Bright medium yellow.  Slightly reduced aromas of musky apricot and peach and smoky oak char.  Yellow fruit and spicy vanillin oak flavors show good texture and ripeness, as well as a leesy complexity that may be a function of the wild-yeast fermentation.  Finishes ripe and persistent, with some oak to be absorbed.

91+ Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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