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Natural Wine Co. Gisborne Organic Chardonnay 2016

15 May,2017
The ‘Natural Wine Co.’ wines of Geoff and Nicola Wright of Wrights Vineyard and Winery in Gisborne are designed to complement the more sophisticated premium ‘Wrights’ wines. They too, are made from certified organic fruit, but are crafted in a more fruit-focussed and accessible style. Here, I review the new 2016 Gisborne Chardonnay. www.wrightswines.co.nz

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Natural Wine Co. Gisborne Organic Chardonnay 2016

Chardonnay from New Zealand – Gisborne

16/20
Bright straw-yellow colour with slight golden hues, lighter on the rim. The nose is fresh and taut with aromas of white and yellow stonefruits, citrus fruit and notes of nutty lees with suggestions of chalky minerals. Medium-bodied, the palate is fresh, bright and zesty, with crisp acidity underlining the flavours of white and yellow stonefruits and citrus fruits. The flavours are up-front and unveil notes of nutty lees and hints of lemon-curd. The wine flows with good energy along a light, very fine, phenolic-threaded line, leading to a lingering, dry finish of stonefruits and nuts. This is a refreshing Chardonnay with stonefruit and citrus flavours with nutty lees, enlivened by brisk acidity. Serve as an aperitif, and with seafood and poultry over the next 2+ years. Clone 15 fruit from the Manutuke vineyard, vines 30+ y.o., indigenous yeast fermented to 13.0% alc. and 3 g/L RS, the wine given oak contact and extended aging on lees, undergoing 50% MLF. Certified Asurequality organic. 16.0/20 May 2017 RRP $19.95
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