Ash Ridge ‘Reserve’ Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2016

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 12-Jul-2017
Bright, pale, straw-yellow colour with golden hues, lighter on the rim. The nose is very fine and elegant with concentrated aromas of white stonefruits, white florals and restrained notes of gunflinty sulphide reductive complexities, lending a minerally overview unfolding a little smokiness. Medium-bodied, the palate is vibrantly lively with fresh and crisp acidity enhancing the clarity of the white stonefuit, nutty and flinty, mineral flavours. This is taut and thirst-quenching and the wine follows a very refined, textural line, leading the a lighter finish. The finish blossoms in flavour and richness with some time in the glass. This is a very elegant, refined, contemporary Chardonnay with stonefruit, flinty and mineral flavours on a lively palate. This will develop over the next 4+ years. Fruit from the ‘Cardoness’ vineyard, approx. two-thirds clone 15, and one-third clone 95, fully barrel-fermented to 12.5% alc., the wine aged 9 months in 45% new French oak with batonnage and approx. 50% MLF. 18.5/20 Jul 2017 RRP $40.00

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