Church Road ‘TOM’ Chardonnay 2013

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 18-May-2017
Bright straw-yellow colour with some gold at the heart. This has a very firm and tightly concentrated nose with intense aromas of complex gunflint sulphide reduction which has great depth. The white stonefruit and nutty oak aromas are in support, and minerality characteristics prevail. Full-bodied and firmly concentrated, the palate shows great depth and density. The gunflinty reductive flavours are powerful, but pure in expression, with the white stonefruit richness providing sweet detailing Suggestions of nutty oak and creamy barrel-ferment add to the interest. The acidity is refined and a very fine phenolic-threaded line carries the wine to a taut, firmly-textured, lingering finish. This is still youthfully firm, a little hard possibly, but has intensity and considerable complexity and minerality. Keep for 4-5+ years. 60% Mendoza, 37% clone 15 and 3% clone 95 fruit from Tuki Tuki, hand-picked and WBP, indigenous yeast barrel-fermented to 14.5% alc., the wine aged 11 months in 85% French oak barriques and 15% puncheons, the oak 54% new, with batonnage and 100% MLF. 19.5/20 May 2017 RRP $150.00 Bright, light golden-yellow colour with slight green hues. The nose is well-proportioned with great concentration and intensity of white stonefruits and citrus fruits entwined with layers of complexing gunflint reduction, nutty and mineral elements and an underlying mealy, creamy fruit and barrel-ferment amalgam. Medium-full bodied, the palate is refined and tightly bound in presentation, lending a degree of elegance, but the flavours of white stonefruits and complexing gunflint and minerally lees and reduction are intense and concentrated, and show great presence. Waves of mealy and citrus fruit and creamy, nutty oak emerge to complete the mouthfeel, and the flavours are supported by some phenolic grip and fruit extract textures. The wine carries to a well-packed, concentrated, long lingering, dry, textural finish. This is a complex, contemporary, gunflinty Chardonnay with great intensity, presence and surprising elegance. This will evolve over the next 5-6+ years. 60% Mendoza, 37% clone 15 and 3% clone 95 fruit from Tuki Tuki, hand-picked and WBP, indigenous yeast barrel-fermented to 14.5% alc., the wine aged 11 months in 85% French oak barriques and 15% puncheons, the oak 54% new, with batonnage and 100% MLF. 19.5+/20 May 2016 RRP $150.00

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