Babich ‘Irongate’ Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2015

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 13-Apr-2017
Bright straw-yellow colour with pale lemon-gold hues. The nose is fresh with a firm and well-concentrated core of ripe yellow stonefruits melded with mealy and nutty elements, creamy barrel-ferment notes and complexing suggestions of flint, minerals, toast and smoke. Medium-full bodied, the palate has flavours of fresh yellow stonefruits, mealy and nutty layers, complexed by subtle a layering of creamy barrel-ferment and toasty oak forming a concentrated core. The fruit is underlined by fresh acidity lending vitality, and a little alcoholic power providing drive and linearity. The wine carries to a long and sustained finish of stonefruits, mealy and nutty notes. This is a firm, concentrated, complex Chardonnay with stonefruit, mealy and nutty flavours on a lively palate with underlying power and linearity. Match with seafood, poultry and pork dishes over the next 5+ years. Hand-picked fruit from the ‘Irongate’ vineyard, WBP, and indigenous yeast barrel-fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 10 months in 20% new French oak, undergoing batonnage and less than 10% MLF. 19.0+/20 Apr 2017 RRP $39.95

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