Herder Winery and Vineyards 2007 Twin Benches Chardonnay - 89-90pts
Availability: Direct from winery
Production: 104 cases
Date Tasted: September 2nd, 2010
Tasting Notes: A powerful, intense Chardonnay that avoids over-the-top, hit-you-in-the-face buttery oak flavours. The nose is subtle, smoky and refined with a good amount of tropical and orchard fruit aromas shining through. Lees and mineral characters are also present.
The intensity is scaled-up a bit on the palate with pear, apple, citrus fruit aromas blending nicely with the French oak vanilla and spice. A bit of tanginess lingers on the moderate-plus finish. The balance is spot on.
This is an excellent Chardonnay that has aged beautifully in the three years since harvest and will continue to for another few. Pair with lobster or crab or with a creamy white pasta. Enjoy now through 2013. http://www.herder.ca/
- Liam Carrier