Babich ‘Irongate’ Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2011

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 20-Apr-2012
Mendoza clone fruit from the ‘Irongate' vineyard hand-picked and WBP, indigenous yeast fermented in 25% new French oak to 13.0% alc., the wine lees-stirred and aged 7 months in barrel. Brilliant straw-yellow colour with slight green-lemon hues. The bouquet is softly layered and elegant with ripe grapefruit and stonefruit aromas, revealing delicate flint, creamy and nutty oak, all harmoniously interwoven. Medium-full bodied, this is subtle in presentation, with building flavours and textures. Ripe grapefruit and mealy notes are complexed with nuts and spices, and show richness. Bright acidity is tempered with a soft textured thread of grip through the line of the palate, leading to a very long, lingering finish with citrus fruit and toasty oak flavours. This is a complex and subtly layered Chardonnay that reveals more with each sip. Match with rich, creamy poultry, pork and veal dishes over the next 4-5+ years. 18.5/20 Apr 2012 RRP $35.00

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