Alpha Domus ‘First Solo’ Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2013

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 04-May-2015
Bright straw-yellow colour with slight golden hues. This has a full, bright and lifted nose with grapefruit and lemon aromas complexed by creamy barrel-ferment layers and subtle flinty lees and refreshing, steely minerally nuances. Medium-full bodied, lively and luscious, ripe citrus fruit flavours are the feature on the palate. This has good depth and richness, revealing nutty and toasty oak detail. The mouthfeel is fresh and lively with underlying lacy acidity. The wine flows smoothly, following a creamy-textured line guided by very fine phenolics. The richness and creaminess builds in concentration, leading to a long, nutty, oaky finish. This is a bright, juicy and creamy-textured, citrussy Chardonnay. Match with grilled seafood, poultry and pork dishes over the next 4-5 years. Clones 6, 15 and Mendoza from the estate winery vineyard, fully barrel-fermented partially with indigenous yeasts to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 12 months in 25% new oak, 90% French and 10% European, undergoing batonnage. 18.0-/20 Apr 2015 RRP $26.00

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