Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Man O' War

Man O' War 'Tulia' Methode Traditionnelle Blanc de Blancs 2009
100% Chardonnay, 6 gpl RS, Golden and deepening yellow hues, persistent and fine to moderate bead

N:Generous and welcoming bouquet - a mix of autolysis and orchard fruits - a flourish of harmony, the familiarity of something possibly French and the promise of something different.

P: Absolutely delicious! I mean it - individual and harmonious. Reminds me a little of a generous and plush Cremant d'Alsace, but has additional signature of stone fruits and yeasty development. The flavours remind me of buttered brioche, just from the oven baked bread, sweet citrus and perhaps a hint of mushroom.
The mousse is soft and generous with a gentle unveiling, acidity Medium+ and length the same. The Mendoza clone of Chardonnay makes a statement on the palate (stone fruit) giving the wine its fruity edge.
Balanced and well made, finishing just dry.
4.5 Stars

P.S. I tasted the wine again with dinner and discovered that the wine is much better on its own and if paired with food should be light to moderate in weight and preferably seafood oriented. Avoid pairing with smoked ingredients as this will make the wine take on aged characters that are not actually present.

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