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Quails Gate

Chardonnay, Quails Gate, Stewart Family Reserve 2008 $29.95

I had a stunning Reserve Chardonnay from Quails Gate. Everyone that tasted it was impressed.

But it does seem like Chardonnay has really lost its lustre as a varietal and very few people in our courses say they like it. Shame, although it’s probably the poor quality soupy ones that have put everybody off.

Still, this Reserve Chard from QG was a stunner.

Pale to medium lemon color. Intriguing nose of smoke, toast, and other barrel notes. Dry, creamy, nice structure (not too full and fat) with fresh acidity providing definition, French oak, lemon peel and peach, elegant, and a very long finish without any heat. 91-93 points.

Holman Lang

Sometimes I consult to wineries and one such project was to help Holman Lang develop a new business plan. That’s now done and so I’ve wrapped up my project as GM of Holman Lang.