Babich ‘Irongate’ Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2009

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 08-Feb-2011
This label has a first-class pedigree stretching back to the first vintage in 1985. Fruit from a single vineyard in the Gimblett Gravels, whole bunch pressed and barrel fermented with indigenous yeasts to 14.0% alc., then aged 11 months in oak, 25% new. Brilliant light green-gold in colour, this has a fullish, open and accessible nose of yellow stonefruits, and a steely mealiness complexed with savoury cream elements. The wine has a full, broadly expressed palate with melon and ripe tropical fruit flavours, botrytis-like apricot notes, butter and toasty oak. The acidity is soft and the palate is becoming integrated. The soft breadth of the mouthfeel indicates this will mature over the next 2-4 years. Drink with poultry and pork dishes. 17.0+/20 Jan 2011 RRP $34.95

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