Following up on the outstanding, multi-award-winning 2018 vintage was always going to be hard, and the 2019 vintage from Simpsons was not quite the smash-hit we had hoped for. The 2020, while young, looks like a spectacular return to form.
The nose on the RR20 immediately draws you in with its ripe apple and peach, hints of butterscotch and toasted spice, as well as tangerine skin and flinty mineral hues.
To taste, crisp acidity and crunchy apples up-front lead to softer waves of peach and suggestions of honey as the nose promised. There’s quite a clean, mineral finish with lingering spice and smoke. The oak is prominent, but it doesn’t overshadow the ripe fruit.
I think the foundations are in place for another age-worthy Chardonnay, but that’s not to say that it’s not drinking nicely already.