Alpha Domus ‘AD’ Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2012

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 28-May-2013
Bright, even straw-yellow colour with light golden hues, pale on rim. The bouquet is elegant in proportion, but intense with powerful aromas of white florals and white stonefruits, fine nutty oak with subtle hints of cream and smoke. This is intriguingly fragrant and very distinctively individual. Medium-full bodied, concentrated and powerful flavours of white stonefruits, citrus fruit and florals are complexed by subtle mealy, nutty, toast and gunflint nuances. The palate has great drive and power, and combined with fine, bright acidity shows real linearity. The mouthfeel is refined in texture, near creamy and has real tension. The flavours are carried to a very long and sustained finish with white floral, stonefruit and nutty notes. This is a refined, but powerfully concentrated Chardonnay with an intriguing fragrant individuality. Serve with seafood and poultry over the next 5-6 years. Hand-picked 84% clone 15 and 16% Mendoza from the company’s Bridge Pa vineyard, WBP and fermented partially by indigenous yeasts to 13.3% alc., the wine aged 10 months in 55% new French oak, undergoing batonnage, and no MLF. 19.0-/20 May 2013 RRP $37.95

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