Church Road Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2016

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 26-Jan-2017
Bright straw-yellow colour with pale lemon-gold hues, lighter on the edge. The nose is gently concentrated and packed with aromas of fresh white and yellow stonefruits, interwoven with citrus and tropical fruit elements, melded with complexing flinty, minerally reduction, revealing nuances of creamy and nutty oak. Medium-bodied, the palate features a well-proportioned and concentrated core of white and yellow stonefruits with citrus fruit detail, entwined with flint and mineral complexities. The fruit has mealy notes and combine with nutty oak, and is enlivened by fresh, bright acidity. The wine flows smoothly with positive linearity, leading to a dry, taut lingering finish. This is a finely concentrated, refreshing Chardonnay with complex stonefruit, citrus, flint and nutty flavours. Serve with seafood, poultry and pork over the next 4+ years 63% clone 15, 27% clone 95 and 10% Mendoza, from the Tuki Tuki Valley, Crownthorpe Terraces, Omaranui and Bridge Pa Triangle, fully barrel-fermented to 13.0% alc., the wine aged 6 months in 30% new Hungarian and French oak, undergoing batonnage and MLF. 18.0+/20 Jan 2017 RRP $19.95

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