Babich Family Estates ‘Individual Vineyard – Gimblett Gravels’ Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2010

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 26-Jan-2012
Fruit from the ‘Gimblett Gravels' vineyard, a portion fermented in new French oak, the remainder in tank to 13.5% alc., with blending after 9 months, a small amount undergoing MLF. Brilliant straw-yellow colour with light golden hues, pale on rim. The bouquet is elegant in proportion, showing ripe yellow stonefruit aromas with notes of butter and minerals with flinty elements quite harmoniously interwoven and integrated. Medium-bodied, this has a gently concentrated core of yellow nectarine-like fruit flavours which unfold to reveal buttery MLF and nutty, toasty oak notes. A little alcohol warmth is present and combines well with the creamy barrel-ferment textures. The acidity is restrained, and the wine is beginning to become rounded in mouthfeel. Subtle, nuanced flavours of fruit and oak are sustained on the long finish. This Chardonnay has begun to develop subtle layers of interest and is softening. Drink with pan-fried fish and roasted poultry or pork over the next 3-4 years. 17.5/20 Jan 2012 RRP $25.00

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