Babich ‘Irongate’ Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2013

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 01-Sep-2014
Mendoza clone fruit from the ‘Irongate’ vineyard, hand-picked and WBP, indigenous yeast barrel-fermented to 13.0% alc., the wine aged 10 months in 20-25% new French oak with batonnage, avoiding MLF. Bright, very pale straw-yellow colour, lighter on rim. This has a fresh and youthful nose, with subtly rich aromas of ripe citrus and yellow stonefruits with gentle layers of nutty oak and creamy barrel-ferment notes. Toasty elements emerge with aeration, and the aromatics meld harmoniously building in detail. Medium-bodied, the flavours are tightly bound and concentrated at the core, emerging slowly, to show softly rich citrus and savoury, mealy yellow stonefruit flavours. The mouthfeel has creamy barrel-ferment textures balanced and enlivened by fine, ripe acidity, the wine flowing smoothly, with poise and freshness. The wine carries through to an elegant, very long, lingering finish with citrus, spice and nutty nuances. This is a stylish, subtle and elegant Chardonnay with a rich, citrussy creaminess. Serve with most white meat courses over the next 5+ years. 18.5/20 Sep 2014 RRP $35.00

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