The 1999 Wolf Blass President’s Selection Chardonnay from South Australia has 14% alcohol, cost under $20 back then, and scored 15+ Dionysian points out of 20.
At 21 years old, it was hanging in there. Getting darker, but still creamy with tropical fruits. It was very interesting with oak notes.
It’s my last one from a case I had where enjoyed one every other year after the first three. I’ve enjoyed Wolf Blass wines for years and this wine was fermented and matured in French Oak that really rounded it out. I’ve grown away from that style over the past two decades, but the wine was made for another time when excessive oak was the fad. In Vino Veritas.