Babich ‘Family Estates’ ‘Single Vineyard – Headwaters’ Marlborough Chardonnay 2017

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Marlborough
Review Date : 04-Apr-2018
Bright straw-yellow colour with some depth and slight pale golden hues, lighter edged. The nose is softly fresh and broad in expression, with aromas of yellow stonefruits along with subtle nutty notes and a layering of lemon-curd MLF and hints of creamy barrel-ferment. The nose is refreshing and youthful. Medium-bodied, the palate has rich and vigorous flavours of white and yellow stonefruits, and citrus fruits entwined with soft, nutty oak and hints of creamy barrel-ferment, unveiling an overlay of lemon-curd MLF. This has good weight and presence, the flavours filling the mouth, and the palate is enlivened by fresh acidity. The wine is carried positively by light, grainy, phenolic textures to a long and lingering, fulsome finish. This is a full and vigorous Chardonnay with stonefruit, citrus, nutty, and lemon-curd MLF flavours. Match with grilled and roasted seafood, poultry and pork over the next 3+ years. Fruit from the ‘Headwaters’ vineyard, Wairau, 60% tank-fermented and 40% in barrel, 70% by indigenous yeasts to 12.86% alc., the barrel portion aged 8 months in oak, with 20% of the blend in new oak, both portions undergoing batonnage with 30% MLF. Certified BioGro organic. 17.5/20 Apr 2018 RRP $24.95

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