Abbey Cellars ‘Barrel-Fermented’ Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2013

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 03-Feb-2014
Bright straw-yellow colour, lighter on rim. The nose is elegantly concentrated with subtly restrained aromas of yellow stonefruits and citrus fruits, with nutty, vanillin lifted oak notes, the bouquet building in depth. Medium-full bodied, clean and clear fruit flavours of white and yellow stonefruits show delicate nutty and flinty lees flavours. The mouthfeel is gently creamy with soft, balanced acidity in support. This has good underlying power, with a fine phenolic thread guiding the palate to a lightly textured finish with long citrus and nutty notes. This is a stylish Chardonnay with restrained fruit and barrel-ferment flavours and subtle nutty interest. Match with most white meat dishes over the next 4-5+ years. Fruit selectively hand-picked, WBP, and full barrel-fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 9 months in 33% new French oak with approx. 25% MLF and given 4 months batonnage. 18.0-/20 Feb 2014 RRP $25.00

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