NACHBIL | Chardonnay Barrique | 2011


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Tonight we are going to continue with the ‘queen of them all’ – a single varietal chardonnay wine, quite rightly regarded as the best expression of this noble grape variety. But, we’ve not picked for the review tonight the regular, crisp chardonnay, not at all, as we’ve chosen the other one – the oaked chardonnay. Oaked means barrel fermented, which in its turn means that malolactic fermentation is responsible for the creaminess in the wine, thus making the resulting wine less tart and more silky. But enough theory, let’s get back to the wine we’ve selected for the review tonight – Chardonnay Barrique 2011 from Nachbil.
Take a look at the tasting notes bellow and our detailed assessment of the wine:


Deep amber color with pale orange hues towards the rim of the glass.


The nose is rich, filled mostly with sweet fruit, jam and honey: apricot jam, white cherry jam, quince jam, apple juice, honey, dried dates, cashew, dried melon, candied lemon, iris, marmalade and some nuanced notes fruit candy.


The wine is dry, with high alcohol level, high acidity and firm tannin. It tastes rough, sharp and bitter, with a quite nuanced acidity. This is a tart, bitter and quite angular wine, with some jammy-honeyed hints. It has a fair overall balance and a quite aggressive body.


It has a medium finish and a balanced, bitter-tart aftertaste.

chartsThis is definitely a fine Wine of Romania and the overall rating says the same, with 88.9 points scored it is right there, among the best wines we’ve tasted so far. Please click on the chart icon on the left in order to get to the wine rating page, where you can find all the wines we’ve tasted to date.

Conclusion: this is a wine definitely over its prime form – opulent and tight, with persistent jammy flavours. We will not recommend any more bottle ageing as the wine is already too austere for our taste, we would describe it as hardcore. Pair this wine with fat and creamy dishes, like for example roasted duck breast with thyme or with some roasted fish with potatoes. Enjoy!

WineStatistics tasting results:

Chardonnay Barrique | 2011

grape: | chardonnay |

region: Romania | Transylvania

overall rating: | 88.9 |

conclusion: fine | highly recommended



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