Thursday, 3/2, Little Rock, AR

My review today is of a wine that I have not had before and it is always exciting to see how a new, unknown vineyard's wine will rate. I brought this one, the 2004 Grant Burge Barossa Vines Chardonnay , out of the cellar and after uncorking let it breathe and warm just a little. After pouring I was struck how very aromatic and floral the nose was. I was picking up some melon in the nose as well but "floral" was the overriding smell. Noting that this wine is from Australia it reminded me of a trip I took to Brisbane, Australia some ten years ago and how I was blown away by the fresh flower smell in the backyard of the family I visited. Wild parakeets were flying freely and roosting in the trees as well. If you've never been I recommend at least one trip to Australia in a lifetime. It is one country I could easily move to and live for a lengthy period. Upon my first taste the flavor of melons and "freshness" filled my mouth. There is no oak that I could pick up and one of the things I really liked about this wine is it doesn't taste like it has been manipulated at all. It reminded me of the Kunde Estate and Beaucanon Estate Chardonnays that I've raved about in past reviews. I could have easily rated this one 5 corkscrews but after each taste I kept noting a slight after burn finish that I wasn't all that crazy about. It is for that reason that I rated this one 4 corkscrews. It wasn't cheap, $12.99/bottle, but I thought it was a good value and good taste for the money. Also, I picked this one up at one of the more expensive wine stores in West Little Rock and with a little bit of hunting you could probably find this one for less. A quick shout out to a new site that I've discovered, The Cork Board. If you get a chance check them out. I've added them to my list of sites I like and I'm very particular as to whom I add to that list. Sit Long, Talk Much, Laugh Often, Drink Wine!

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