Ashwood Estate Gisborne Chardonnay 2013

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Gisborn
Review Date : 12-Jul-2015
Mendosa clone fruit from the ‘Hexton Home Block’ single vineyard on Back Ormond Road, hand-picked and two-thirds indigenous yeast, fully barrel-fermented to 14.0% alc. and 3.0 g/L RS, the wine aged 9 months in new French oak barriques on lees with batonnage and 38% MLF. Bright, even, light golden-hued straw-yellow with light green on the edge. The nose is soft and elegantly concentrated with harmonious layers of ripe citrus fruit melded with mealy and oxidative nutty interest, creamy barrel-ferment elements, smoky and toasty oak, and butterscotch MLF complexities, The aromas bloom and integrate to fill the nose. Medium-full bodied, the palate features rich and softly concentrated, harmonious layers of bright, ripe citrus and yellow stonefruits, mealy lees and creamy barrel-ferment elements and nutty, oxidative complexities. The fruit is enriched and enlivened by fresh acid vitality, and the wine follows a subtle, phenolic, fine-textured line that carries to a dry, mealy and nutty nuanced finish. This is a harmoniously rich and finely complex Chardonnay with layers of creamy and nutty notes and plenty of vitality. Match with creamy poultry and pork dishes over the next 5-6+ years. 18.5/20 Jul 2015 RRP $29.00

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