The Barrel Fermented Chardonnay 2005 from Mulderbosch rated a relatively lowly 3½ Stars in Platter’s 2007 but won gold at the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show of the same year – it’s one of those wines that sit at a stylistic extreme involving spontaneous fermentation, high residual sugar and maturation in 100% new oak.
Yesterday, a bottle again left me in two minds. Lime, lemon, vanilla, spice, honey and some rancio character. Rich, full and buttery – Lurpak not Clover Mooiriver. I vacillated between thinking it was absolutely knock-out and a bit blowsy.
Score: 89/100 (the ultimate cop-out).