Bushmere Estate Classic Chardonnay 2018, Gisborne

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Gisborn
Review Date : 16-Jun-2020
Bright, evenly light yellow with some depth and a slightly green hue. The nose is gentle with soft nuances of stonefruit, pear, melded with almonds, lemon curd and oak spices. Medium-full bodied, aromas of stonefruit, apple, pear and lemon curd; enriched by nutty and spicy oak detail. The nutty oak is integrated with subtlely attractive caramel and butterscotch nuances. The breadth of the palate is lightly creamed with flavours of lemon curd, along with a fine layer of phenolic texture; drives with mouthwatering acid to a harmonious, lingering finish. This is an elegant Chardonnay with stonefruit, lemon curd flavours, nutty oak detail and balanced by lively acidity on a harmonious, long finish. Match with whitefish and pork over the next 3-4 years. Barrel-fermented to 13% alc. French oak barriques used, 30% new, 20% 1 year old and 50% seasoned. 20% MLF. Lees stirred for 4 months, aged total 18 months on lees. 18/20pts June 2020 RRP $25

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