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Although recognized for super Sauvignon Blancs and Pinot Noirs, New Zealand's Marlborough producers are turning out award-winning Chardonnays such as this Silver Medalist in the recent "Best Chardonnays in the World" competition in Burgundy. Fermentation was split between French Oar Barriques and cooled stainless-steel tanks. The wine rested on its lees (from spent yeast) for seven months before blending. In the glass, aromas of peaches, pineapples and vanilla evoke a tropical bouquet followed by rich, creamy butterscotch and papaya fruit flavors on the palate. Good with creamy soups, cheeses, seafood and poultry. Available at The Cellars of River Ridge, Bacchanal Fine Wine and Spirits, and Hebert's Fine Food and Wine in Destrehan. Also at Orleans Grapevine Wine Bar & Bistro and NOLA. -- Brenda Maitland

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