Anthony Joseph Vidal 1888 ‘Lyons Vineyard’ Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2014

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 10-Sep-2017
Bright, pale straw-yellow colour with green hues, lighter on the edge. The nose is very tightly bound and taut with intense and remarkably penetrating aromas of piquant white stonefruits harmoniously layered with complexing flint and mineral notes, along with creamy and nutty oak, with smoke and toast. The nose has great depth and unfolds in volume with aeration, the fruit blossoming. Medium-full bodied, the palate has immense depth and intensity, but with a finely concentrated heart and elegance and finesse as a feature. The flavours are a complex amalgam of white stonefruits, white florals, flint and minerals, creamy and nutty barrel-ferment notes, and smoky, toasty oak. The mouthfeel is lively with lacy acidity, and is underlined by fruit-driven power providing considerable linearity. The wine carries with excellent energy to a very long, sustained finish of stonefruits, nuts and smoke that lingers forever. This is a superbly concentrated, intense Chardonnay with a complex amalgam of stonefruits, nuts, smoke, flint and minerals on a vibrant, refined and powerful palate and a never-ending finish. Serve with grilled and roasted poultry, pork and veal dishes over the next 5-6+ years. Hand-picked clone 15 fruit from the ‘Lyons’ vineyard ‘Love Block’, vines planted in 1996, WBP and indigenous yeast barrel-fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 10 months on lees in 50% new French oak barriques, undergoing batonnage and MLF, followed by one month in tank. 736 bottles made. 20.0/20 Sep 2017 RRP $120.00

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