New Zealand — Marlborough • $27.95 • 90/100

Chardonnay is the second white grape of New Zealand by production, and we are slowly starting to see more of these wines here in Ontario. Great news! The 2013 Nautilus Chardonnay was previously released in early 2016, and I reviewed it highly — but I think that the 2015 is even a notch better. It is medium straw-yellow in colour. A lightly smoky note with toasty and cedary undertones leads to aromas of yellow apples and lemons. The wine is dry, much fresher on the palate, where the fruit emerges strongly, driven by the vivid acidity. There is a lightly creamy texture that suggests lees stirring, and the fruit and acidity focus into a lingering, stony finish. A terrific Chardonnay, full of life and vigor. • Tasted 2017-05-13 • LCBO id#331652 • Find it at your nearest LCBOB AND W WINES (Agent)

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