Callie Jemmeson and Nina Stocker, the duo behind Pachamama, sure know how to make Chardonnay. Last year’s vintage was a stunner and they’ve backed it up again with this elegant example.
The fruit is beautifully pure, with finely sliced white peach and grapefruit pith. There’s an alluring vanilla-whipped crème fraîche note – a little creamy but not heavy; lending the impression of gossamer silk. Lemongrass adds some tangy spice. And, I can’t explain this any other way, it smells like the fresh breeze that accompanies a babbling stream.
The oak is deftly handled – just a whisper to add texture and spice whilst not dominating the pristine fruit. The wine shows stunning balance; walking a tightrope of delicacy, freshness and concentration. Teamed with impressive length, especially at this price point. Buy some to drink now, and get a few for the cellar.
Drink it with Kachapuri – a Georgian pizza-esque dish topped with ricotta and feta and a just-set egg.