Aitken’s Folly ‘Riverbank Road’ Central Otago Chardonnay 2013

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Otago
Review Date : 02-Dec-2014
Bright lemon-hued light golden-yellow colour, lighter edged. This has a fresh and tightly concentrated nose with a core of citrus fruits infused with subtle herb and minerally notes. The aromas unfold and blossom to reveal layers of creamy barrel-ferment and nutty oak along with butterscotch and lemon curd MLF interest. Medium-full bodied, a tight and concentrated, firm core of citrus fruits melded with herbs, nuts, butterscotch is the feature on palate. There is considerable oak and MLF componentry which fills the mouth with flavour. The wine has good fruit weight with a line of phenolics guiding the flow. Elevated, racy acidity adds to the firmness and enlivens the mouthfeel, carrying through to a strong finish. This is a firm and concentrated, cool and racy Chardonnay with plenty creamy oak and butterscotch flavours. Match with grilled seafood, and roasted poultry and pork over the next 4+ years. Hand-picked fruit, clone 548, WBP and fully barrel fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 9 months in 30% new French oak barriques with partial MLF. 238 cases made. 17.0/20 Dec 2014 RRP $25.00

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