Sporting a grown-up new look, Lyme Bay continues its affiliation with Essex fruit as this Chardonnay comes from ‘English Wine region of the moment’, the Crouch Valley.
The wine was fermented in a mixture of stainless steel, new and old French oak barrels and is quite a textured, distinctive style of Chardonnay.
Aromatically, there’s a characteristic tangerine/orange peel note that I’ve picked up in Essex Chardonnay before, along with orchard fruit, vanilla and winter spice.
The palate is curious, providing a fusion of green apple, poached pear and peachy notes with an underlying bitter orange complexity. I really enjoyed the layered textures on this wine, though the fruit still feels a little young and nervy. Another to watch to see how it develops.