Awatere River ‘Single Vineyard’ Marlborough Chardonnay 2016

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Marlborough
Review Date : 13-Aug-2017
Bright, light golden-yellow colour, a little paler on the rim. This has a softly rich nose with subtle layers of aroma, showing ripe yellow stonefruit with hints of tropical fruits, and nuances of nutty and creamy barrel-ferment, lemon-curd MLF and a little toastiness. Medium-full bodied, the palate has gently rich and vibrant fruit flavours of yellow stonefruits, tropical fruit and citrus fruit, melded with creamy, nutty oak, some lemon-curd and buttery MLF. The flavours are mouthfilling and form a rounded heart, and are enlivened by fresh, lacy acidity. The wine flows with a little alcohol drive along a fine-textured line, leading to a sustained, elegant finish of stonefruit and toast. This is a subtly rich and mouthfilling Chardonnay with balanced, complex layers of interest and some underlying alcoholic power. Match with roasted poultry and pork over the next 4-5 years. 100% Mendoza clone fruit from mature vines from the ‘Wiffen’ vineyard, Southern Valleys, fully barrel-fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 9-10 months in 15% new French oak, undergoing batonnage and approx. 40% MLF. 18.5-/20 Aug 2017 RRP $32.00

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