Black Barn ‘Barrel Fermented’ Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2012

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 10-Jun-2013
Predominantly ‘Home Block’ Havelock Hills fruit with some Tukituki, and 10% Te Awanga fruit, barrel-fermented with indigenous yeasts to 13.0% alc., the wine aged 10 months in 15% new French oak, the wine given lees contact but no batonnage, and 100% MLF. Brilliant straw-yellow colour with light golden hues, pale on rim. This has an elegantly proportioned and fresh nose with delicate aromas of white and yellow stonefruits, along with subtle notes of oak toast with butterscotch MLF elements that grow in depth and presence. Medium-full bodied, elegant flavours of white stonefruits and citrus fruits are entwined with butterscotch MLF flavours forming a good core with linearity and drive. The fruit opens out to fill the palate with light creaminess poised with lacy acidity that enlivens the mouthfeel. This is very finely textured and the palate carries through to a moderately sustained, refreshing finish. This is an elegant Chardonnay with fine balance and freshness. Match with seafood, poultry and pork over the next 4+ years. 350 dozen made. 17.5/20 Jun 2013 RRP $34.90

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