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Mystree ‘Reserve’ Martinborough Chardonnay 2015

27 June,2017
Mystree Estate is the boutique wine venture of Geoff and Carol Reed who retired from work overseas to return to Carol’s home in 2004. In 2009, they planted 2,000 clone 95 and Mendoza Chardonnay vines on just over 0.5 ha of their block on Dry River Road, approx. 3 km further in from Murdoch James and about 14 km from the Martinborough village. As well as the vineyard, the Reeds make olive oil and run luxury accommodation. Geoff and Carol tend the vines and make the wines on-site, with some neighbourly advice of local winemaker Simon Groves. I tasted the 2014 vintage Chardonnays early this year and found merit in them (click here to see my reviews). Here I review the 2015 ‘Reserve’ Chardonnay from a lower yielding vintage. The wine is yet to be released, but is one that can be anticipated. www.mystree.nz

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Mystree ‘Reserve’ Martinborough Chardonnay 2015

Chardonnay from New Zealand – Wairarapa & Wellington

17.5+/20
Bright, ple golden-yellow colour with some depth, lighter on the rim. This has a softly full and concentrated nose of rich and ripe citrus fruit and yellow stonefruits entwined with subtle creamy barrel-ferment and spicy, nutty oak along with lemon-curd MLF nuances. Medium-full bodied, the palate has mouthfilling flavours of savoury citrus fruits melded with nutty notes and mealy elements, with creamy barrel-ferment nuances. The palate has a rounded core and flows along a fine-textured phenolic line enlivened by fresh lacy acidity that lends a steely edge. This carries with good drive to a long, softly textured dry finish. This is a softly mouthfilling Chardonnay with rich, savoury citrus fruit and nutty flavours, along with mealy and creamy barrel elements on a rounded and soft-textured palate with dry finish. Match with roast pork and creamy seafood and poultry dishes over the next 4+ yeas. An equal blend of clone 95 and Mendoza, hand-sorted and fully barrel-fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 11 months in 50% new oak, with no batonnage, but 100% MLF. 40 cases made. 17.5+/20 Jun 2017 RRP $28.00
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