Church Road ‘TOM’ Chardonnay 2010

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 18-May-2017
Full, even, light golden-yellow colour. The bouquet is beautifully integrated and soft, with full layers of ripe tropical fruits, citrus fruits and stonefruits, melded with creamy barrel-ferment elements and subtle nutty oak and lemon-curd and buttery MLF. This speaks of ripeness, richness and opulence and shows wonderful depth. The palate is rich, lusciously succulent and unfolds wonderfully opulent tropical fruit flavours harmoniously interwoven with nutty oak, unfolding subtle flint and mineral suggestions. The palate breadth is sensational, and the wine is very harmonious and integrated, the core softening to show great accessibility. The softness and plushness of the palate has a balancing underlying acid line which carries the flavours to a very long finish. This is becoming beautifully integrated. Drink over the next 3+ years. 62% clone 15 fruit from Tuki Tuki and 38% clone 95 Omaranui fruit, WBP and indigenous barrel-fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 11 months in 38% new French oak undergoing batonnage and 100% MLF. 19.5+/20 May 2017 RRP $N/A Bright, light golden-yellow colour, lighter on the edge. The nose is full, broad and solidly packed with deep aromas of ripe yellow stonefruits, citrus fruits and tropical fruits. Initially a little reserved, this blossoms to show rich toasty and nutty notes, with creamy barrel-ferment layers. Full and softly mouthfilling, this is succulent and lusciously rich with sweetly ripe flavours of tropical fruits, citrus fruits and yellow stonefruits melded with creamy oak, mealy and nutty waves of detail. The mouthfeel is soft in texture and generous, with some alcohol warmth. The wine flows with power, breadth and depth. This is a more traditional, rich and luscious Chardonnay with layers of fruit that will keep another 4+ years. 62% clone 15 fruit from Tuki Tuki and 38% clone 95 Omaranui fruit, WBP and indigenous barrel-fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 11 months in 38% new French oak undergoing batonnage and 100% MLF. 19.5/20 May 2016 RRP $N/A 62% clone 15 fruit from Tuki Tuki and 38% clone 95 Omaranui fruit, WBP and indigenous barrel-fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 11 months in 38% new French oak undergoing batonnage and 100% MLF. Bright straw-yellow colour with slight golden hues. The bouquet is densely packed with layers of rich citrus and tropical fruit entwined with layers of buttery MLF, creamy barrel-ferment notes, flint and minerals, and toast, building in depth and waves of interest. Full-bodied and mouthfilling, the depth and concentration of flavours is a sensation, with complex and luscious waves of citrus and ripe yellow stonefruits, toasted nuts and creamy butter. The textures are rich, smooth and near-seamless, the palate showing wonderful vitality and vibrancy from excellent acidity, with power and drive. Flinty complexities emerge and become a feature on the very long, lingering finish. This is a rich, powerful, and harmonious Chardonnay with a complete array of complex citrus, cream and flinty flavours. 5-6+ years. 20.0/20 May 2013 RRP $100.00

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