Some plonker once said “O is for Awesome” but Chardonnay guzzlers from back in the day will probably remember Montana’s (now called Brancott Estate) “O” Chardonnay from Gisborne, which really was quite awesome. A classic big, buttery and bold Gizzy Chard in a glass!
These days Brancott have taken the Chardy in the Letter Series down to Marlborough. What was O for Ormond is now O for Omaka. This sub region in Marlborough is something of a hotspot for wicked Chardonnay with other top NZ producers like Saint Clair just down the road knocking out world class Chardonnay under their own label.
They call it a “highly textured, complex expression of Chardonnay“, we think this is some seriously good Chardonnay for a snip under $20. The previous vintage went berserk on the international scene, collecting five (5!) Gold medals and this latest 2017 release has gone down the same track, check out this seriously impressive list of gongs…
Trophy Best White Wine (Sydney Int’l Wine Comp 2019)
Trophy Runner Up Best Wine of Show (Sydney Int’l Wine Comp 2019)
Trophy Best Full Bodied Dry White (Sydney Int’l Wine Comp 2019)
Trophy Champion Chardonnay (Marlborough Wine Show 2018)
Gold medal & Top 100 (Sydney Int’l Wine Comp 2019)
Gold medal (Marlborough Wine Show 2018)
Gold medal (NZ Int’l Wine Show 2018)
Gold medal (New World Wine Awards Premium NZ Selection)
4 1/2 Stars (Michael Cooper MW)
4 Stars & Best Buy (Cuisine magazine 2018)
If you lost count let’s tally that up – FOUR Trophies, FOUR Gold medals, a Top 100 rating and Best Buy in Cuisine magazine! Best Buy doesn’t even cut it – this is outrageous value for money!
This has the legs to be cellared for 5-10 years from vintage – best served with chicken, pork or veal in rich, creamy sauces! Mmm!