Auntsfield ‘Single Vineyard’ Southern Valleys Marlborough Chardonnay 2016

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Marlborough
Review Date : 01-Mar-2018
Bright straw-yellow colour with light golden tints, paler edged. The nose is gently full with even and accessible aromas of yellow stonefruit and citrus fruit, along with subtle creamy barrel-ferment and fragrant nutty oak elements with lees detail. Some refresh mineral nuances emerge with aeration. Medium-full bodied, the flavours are a little restrained in expression but grow to form a softly packed heart providing good mouthfeel and presence. The palate has flavours of yellow stonefruits and citrus fruits melded with nutty lees and oak with subtle, creamy textures. The palate is balanced by crisp, mouthwatering acidity, unveiling mealy and toasty suggestions as the wine carries to an elegant, lingering finish. This is a well-concentrated Chardonnay with restrained stonefruit and citrus fruit flavours along with nutty and creamy oak, and brisk acidity, good weight and presence. Hand-picked fruit, WBP and barrel fermented, partially by indigenous yeasts to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 10 months on lees in 27% new French oak barriques, with no MLF. 18.0/20 Mar 2018 RRP $36.00

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