Ashwood Estate Gisborne Chardonnay 2014

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Gisborn
Review Date : 25-Jul-2016
Brilliant, even straw colour with lemon-green hues, a little pale on rim. This has a firmly concentrated, rich, bright and vibrant nose of ripe citrus and yellow stonefruits entwined with subtle, creamy, nutty barrel-ferment and mealy notes, along with some fragrant and toasty barrel hints. The aromatics are refreshing and steely, unfolding nuances of flinty minerals. Medium-bodied, the palate is elegant and refined in expression with a concentrated core of citrus and yellow stonefruits melded with gentle complexing layers of creamy, nutty, barrel-ferment flavours and mealy and toasty nuances. The mouthfeel is refreshing with fine, lacy acidity, and the wine follows a refined, textural line that leads to an elegant, long, lingering finish with stonefruit and nutty nuances. This is a beautifully refined and elegant Chardonnay with complex fruit and oak layers, and a vibrant, refreshing mouthfeel. Match with grilled and roasted seafood, poultry and pork dishes over the next 5+ years. 100% Mendosa clone fruit from a single site on Back Ormond Road, hand-picked and fully-barrel fermented, one-third by indigenous yeasts to 13.9% alc., the wine aged 9 months in one-third new French oak barriques, the wine undergoing batonnage and 38% MLF. 18.5+/20 Jul 2016 RRP $29.00

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