Norman's Chardonnay 2003
The response to the Normanís Shiraz was quite good and now we offer their Chardonnay. Normanís wines are from Australia and are new to our market, the Encounter Bay line is a selection of outstanding quality wines offering great value as well.
The name Encounter Bay is taken from the picturesque bay south of McLaren Vale around the area of Victor Harbor. It commemorates the meeting place of seafaring explorers, Matthew Flinders and Nicholas Baudin. Flindersí cat ĎTrimí shared a round-the-world voyage with his master. His likeness now takes pride of place on our updated label. This range consists of a Classic Dry White, Chardonnay, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot and offers unquestionable quality, consistency and value.
Australia Continues Amazing Growth Recent expansion in the Western Australian wine industry has been so dramatic that even those intimately involved can scarcely believe the changes that have taken place over the past five years. At the end of the 1970s, the crush for WA was just over 7,000 tons in a good season. By the early 1990s, it was about 8,500 tons, but this more than doubled in the space of five years to be over 19,000 tons by 1996. In the following five years, grape production went from 19,000 to 52,000 tons per year, sales soared from $A84 million to $A226 million and overseas exports rocketed from $A8 to $A31 million. In 1983 there were 73 wine producers in Western Australia. By 1995 that number had almost doubled to 143 and now it's more than 242. Most of these are small wineries, with less than 500 tons of grapes, and only 21 producers crush between 500 and 2,500 tons. At the top end, just six wineries - Houghton, Evans & Tate, Ferngrove, Goundry, Palandri and Xanadu - handle in excess of 2,500 tons.
Courtesy of Decanter (Western Australia feature), June 2004
Region: Clare Valley (South Australia) and Victorian Highlands (Victoria) Color is mid straw with green hues. The aroma is a fresh lift of lemon and lime with hints of honeysuckle and melon, complemented by oak-derived nutty cinnamon spice. The palate is a superbly balanced display of crisp citrus acidity with a suggestion of asparagus, balanced by well-integrated honey and nutmeg oak sweetness. An immensely long finish with hints of peach. This wine can easily be described as a food wine, yet it is quite enjoyable on its own Recommended Cellaring: Great to drink now, but will age gracefully for 3-4years