Church Road ‘TOM’ Chardonnay 2014

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 18-May-2017
Brilliant straw-yellow colour with pale gold hues. This has a very fine, firmly bound and tightly concentrated nose with complex aromas of white stonefruits melded with minerally and gunflint-like sulphide reductive detail. The fruit richness shines, showing fragrance, revealing citrus notes. Nutty oak and creamy barrel-ferment layers emerge. This has a superb balance of fruit, winemaking inputs and complexity. Medium-full bodied, the palate exudes power and intensity, with a firmly concentrated core of rich and luscious white stonefruits and citrus fruits, interwoven with flint and minerals with nutty oak adding interest. The flavours are balanced by fresh acid cut and underlined by subtle alcoholic power and drive. This has excellent linearity, and the wine carries to a sustained finish with refined textures. This is a rich-fruited Chardonnay with layers of complexing flint and mineral nuances. The wine will develop over the next 5+ years. 92% clone 15 from Tuki Tuki and 8% clone 95 from Haumoana, hand-picked and WBP directly to barrel for indigenous yeast fermentation to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 11 months in 28% new French oak barrique, the wine undergoing batonnage and 100% MLF, blended and aged a further 4 months in seasoned oak. 19.5+/20 May 2017 RRP $150.00

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