- 92 points-Bruce Sanderson, 2017
This is elegant, offering spring blossom, pastry and honeysuckle flavors. Firm and cohesive, with a stony aftertaste. Balanced, but needs time to integrate.See detailed press review
Queen Taken Chardonnay
$184.99** Suggested retail price
The von Mandl family began their journey over 40 years ago. The first sign of the real potential of the vineyards came in 1994 with a surprise win at the International Wine & Spirit Competition in London for ‘Top Chardonnay in the World.’ The family has developed exceptional vineyards with distinctive Chardonnay and Merlot clones, some of which are now over 40 years old, at what are now CheckMate Artisanal Winery vineyards.
The wine has essences of citrus peel and white peach combined with tropical, floral notes, as well as wet stone. The palate has generous fruit flavours, layered mid-palate richness and focused acidity providing a long textured finish.
50% wild fermentation, aged 17 months in French oak barrels