A terrifically lean, tight and stony vintage for the CCV chardonnay, the first for which new winemaker Keith Tyers was in full control. He appears to have dialled back ripeness and barrel influence (just under a year and a half in barrel, of which less than 10% were new), favouring a more chiselled and tightly wound style, and less of the cream-custard-style of earlier vintages (also abetted by the cool 2014 vintage). I like the way this comes together on the palate, allying firm acids with citrus and green peach/pear fruit, and just a light delicate touch of caramel wood spice on the finish which will surely fade into the ensemble in short order. Length and depth and very good to excellent, even on a light, 12.5% alcohol frame. A fine wine from the county, best after 2017 (though the very short cork may indicate that the winery intended this for earlier drinking - it's not good enough to hold this long, or even mid-term in the cellar). Tasted April 2016.