A year ago, I liked this New Zealand Chardonnay enough to serve it at a dinner we hosted. Tonight, it's still drinking well but has lost a good deal of the vibrance that attracted me before.
The first sign of maturity is the deep gold color. The aromas are still fresh and bright with the spiced apple, citrus tones of a cool climate, slightly oaked Chardonnay. But the flavors are not as intense or bright as I remember, and it sits a bit heavy on the palate. It's still a good wine but either in an awkward stage or sliding a bit past its prime.