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"Harmoniously developed with stone fruit & citrus" Raymond Chan

"Beautifully lifted bouquet shows golden peach, baked apple, lemon curd & roasted cashew notes" Wine Orbit

Match with roasted, grilled seafood, poultry & pork

Mystery Marlborough Chardonnay 2014 (02)

Member rating / 50+
Elsewhere $25.00 $21.74

Black Market Mystery Wines™ are simply wines we love, with the branding hidden and revealed only when it arrives at your door!

Awarded 5 Stars Awarded 93/100 Points Awarded 93/100 Points Awarded 18/20 Points Awarded 4.5 Stars Awarded 4 Stars
Mystery Marlborough Chardonnay 2014 (02)

Mystery Marlborough Chardonnay 2014 (02)

Member rating / 50+
A gorgeously maturing Chardonnay; the beautifully lifted bouquet shows golden peach, baked apple, lemon curd and roasted cashew notes with hints of spice and vanilla...
Elsewhere $25.00 $21.74


Awarded 93/100 Points & 5 Stars

Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, Dec 2018

Awarded 93/100 Points & 4.5 Stars

Bob Campbell, Master of Wine, Real Review, Nov 2018

Awarded 18/20 Points & 4 Stars

Raymond Chan, Dec 2018


"The owner believes that Marlborough Chardonnay needs at least five years in bottle and tank. He includes 14.9% of older wine matured in 1000 litre oak fuders to add weight and complexity. This is a rich, developed, concentrated and weighty chardonnay with impressive complexity. A flavoursome wine that's great value at this price" Bob Campbell, Master of Wine, Real Review, Nov 2018

"A gorgeously maturing Chardonnay; the beautifully lifted bouquet shows golden peach, baked apple, lemon curd and roasted cashew notes with hints of spice and vanilla. The palate delivers excellent weight and intensity, wonderfully complemented by creamy mouthfeel and refreshing acidity. Flavoursome and complex" Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, Dec 2018

"Bright, full, pale golden-hued yellow colour with some depth, a little lighter on the rim. The nose is softly fresh and accessible aromas of citrus fruit and yellow stonefruits harmoniously entwined with creamy barrel-ferment and nutty, toasty oak, a little buttery MLF, unfolding refreshing steely, mineral elements. Medium-full bodied, the palate is rich and harmoniously melded with flavours of ripe citrus and yellow stonefruits entwined with creamy barrel-ferment and nutty, toasty oak and mealy complexing detail. The mouthfeel is fresh and bright around a soft textured core that is allied to lively acidity. The wine carries along a light-textured line with some dry phenolic grip leading to a finish with buttery MLF nuances. This s a harmoniously developed Chardonnay with stonefruit and citrus flavours along with nutty and creamy oak and buttery MLF on a fine, fresh palate with dry textures. Match with roasted and grilled seafood, poultry and pork over the next 3+ years" Raymond Chan, Dec 2018

2014 proved to be a “perfect storm” for Marlborough fruitfulness. Spring was warm and early, so the number of buds that grew (bud initiation) was nearly 100%. Conditions also led to high bunch numbers per shoot (inflorescence numbers), 15-20% above average.

Early December flowering was warm and dry, ensuring near 100% flower fertilisation and 10-15% more berries per bunch. They initiated both shoot and whole cane bunch thinning strategies to gain some control over the potential crop level. Summer growing conditions were perfect, allowing ideal plant growth.
Ripening began in February, 7 days early, but soon slowed as the plant began to feel the effects of the extra crop. Thank goodness the February to April (veraison) weather was kind. Harvest was back to the normal start time around 1st April. They worked night and day, finishing on the 17th of April, just ahead of persistent warm rain. All in all a very solid vintage in terms of quality, if you were prepared to aggressively crop thin and get your fruit ripe and harvested before the rain. A vintage that will see good viticulture and winemaking shine.

Fruit intensity and flavour complexity are determined in the vineyard; here we exploit known flavour differences between Chardonnay clones and two distinctly different vineyard sites. One; gravel rich, free draining and devigourating soil profile and two: a very special site with geologically older soils composed of crushed river stones, intermixed with clay.

The grapes were machine harvested over a 7 day period, with 50% of the press free-run juice being put into new and older oak barriques for high solids primary and secondary malolactic fermentation prior to 10 month yeast autolysis maturation. The remaining 50% of the juice was cool fermented in stainless steel tanks with some oak staves and aged with yeast lees stirring.

Food Pairing: Match with roasted and grilled seafood, poultry and pork.



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Age becomes this wine - rich and smooth.

Cary - 10/04/2020

Can i get more

Brian - 01/03/2020

Another great value wine, highly recommend. Great summer drinking

Clayton - 24/02/2020

A beautiful chardonnay and outstanding value for money. Onto my 5th case...

Jason - 19/02/2020

So good if you like the old type chardies! Had to order another lot.

Anne - 01/02/2020

Typical high quality Chardonnay from Forrest in Marlborough

Daphne - 26/01/2020

Excellent value for money. A little Chablis like in its gentle cashew nose

Ian - 25/01/2020

Delicious, big buttery Chardonnay. The best value for money

Jacqui - 10/01/2020

A great marlborough chardy with all the chardy characteristics. Excellent buy.

Phil - 24/12/2019

Will definitely buy again as it is a wonderful chardonnay and price

Shaun - 23/12/2019

Beautifully balanced wine.

Jeff - 09/12/2019

Fantastic value for this money.

Reg - 03/12/2019

excellent value for money

Malcolm - 29/11/2019

Excellent value for money. It is great to receive great wine under the mystery label. I would definitely buy again.

Murray - 24/11/2019

excellent , Will buy more

Gareth - 14/11/2019

We are really enjoying this wine which we purchased as a mystery wine.

Jude - 09/11/2019

Great value for money Chardonnay.

John - 13/03/2020

The winemaker comments decided me to try so purchase the only half dozen of this Mystery a month ago as I wasn't sure about a 2014 wine. However served slightly chilled this is indeed good value and enjoyable so ordered dozen last week.!. Highly recommend.

Yvonne - 04/03/2020

Nice wine.

Jill - 30/01/2020

Great value for old fashioned chardonnay drinkers.

Richard - 17/01/2020

Great wine, great brand, drinking well now

Howard - 16/01/2020

A good example of a restrained chardonnay. Not fruit driven, partial MLF, best a little below room temp.

Rachael - 16/01/2020

A really enjoyable wine given the price. We will buy more.

Mark - 29/12/2019

Lovely wine

Gary - 27/12/2019

Nice aged effect

Kerry - 25/12/2019

Quite weighty. Delicious Chardonnay.

Bryce - 13/12/2019

A nice tasty drop!

Colin - 09/12/2019

Also, I wonder when Wine Orbit wrote their review - suspect a few years ago as I don't think it's still true.

Simon - 02/12/2019

Nice wine and great price. Nice bit of age as well

Alan - 01/12/2019

Nice wine great value

Dave - 28/11/2019

Will buy again.

Chris - 26/11/2019

Pleasantly surprised

Josie - 24/11/2019


John - 22/11/2019

will order some more

Kevin - 16/11/2019

Good barrel fermented chardonnay. Acids still a little sharp for me. Bought a second six pack for the cellar.

Mike - 05/02/2020

Very pleasant but not great

Julie - 31/01/2020

nice wine

Angela - 11/11/2019


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