2016 The 3rd Man Chardonnay
We’re super excited by this wine because it represents a slight change of direction for wine-educator Michael Darby who now also has the amazing Small Theory brand and now is a WSET teacher.
First off, it's his first organic wine and also his first grown outside of his native Canterbury. It's 100% Chardonnay fermented on indigenous yeasts and vinified in old oak. After extended aging, it was bottled with minimum effective so2. As for the wine, it is light, lithe, pure and fresh with intense white peach and pink grapefruit, some soft creaminess and integrated, refined, cleansing acidity.