Alpha Domus The Batten Special Reserve Chardonnay 2017, Hawke’s Bay

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 18-Jun-2020
Bright, light yellow with some depth and a golden tinge, even colour throughout. The nose is bright and elegantly presented, barrel-fermented characters of buttered toast, hazelnuts interweaved with Meyer lemon, stonefruit along with integrated oak spices. Medium-bodied, the palate is finely-presented with a tight core of Meyer lemon, stonefruit entwined with buttery toast, hazelnuts, unveiling a lifted scent of fresh oak spices. The acidity is crisp and mouthwatering, with great energy; integrated into the creamy palate. The palate is fresh, creamy with a lightness, structured by a thin layer of phenolic texture. The wine carries with good energy, flows to an elegant, lingering finish. This is a beautiful and elegant Chardonnay with flavours of lemon and stonefruit, integrated with the nutty oak element and creamy palate to a lingering fresh finish. Match with crayfish macaroni and cheese over the next 4 years. Fruit from a single vineyard, best parcels of clone 15. Handpicked, whole bunch pressed, fermented in a mix of French oak barriques and puncheons to 12.5% alc, 46% new oak. Full MLF, lees stirred. Aged for 11 months before blending in tanks. 18.5/20 pts June 2020 RRP $39

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