Black Estate Omihi Waipara Chardonnay 2011

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Canterbury & Waipara
Review Date : 20-Dec-2013
Hand-picked Mendoza clone Chardonnay from 17 y.o. vines from the ‘Black Estate’ 3.8 ha block, WBP and indigenous yeast fermented in barrique and puncheon to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 15 months in 10% new oak on lees with full MLF. Bright, light golden-hued straw-yellow colour, lighter on rim. This has a soft, full nose, with harmoniously melded aromas of white and yellow stonefruits revealing good depth and concentration. Layers of complexing nutty oak and creamy MLF elements show, the bouquet in good proportion and elegance. Medium-full bodied, the palate is elegant with concentrated nutty, stonefruit flavours at the core. Interest and detail from the oaking, lees and MLF is subtle and integral and provide a completeness. The mouthfeel is smooth-flowing and creamy from the barrel-fermentation, and the acidity provides balance, finesse and freshness. An underlying power from the alcohol carries the flavours to a very long, finely nuanced finish. This is an elegant, fine-featured Chardonnay complete with detail and power, in the burgundian style. Match with seafood, poultry, pork and veal over the next 5+ years. 18.5/20 Dec 2013 RRP $32.00

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