Cielito Marlborough Chardonnay 2014

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Marlborough
Review Date : 20-Feb-2018
Bright, light golden colour with some depth, a little lighter on the rim. The nose is full with deep aromas of citrus fruit and yellow stonefruits entwined with creamy barrel-ferment and nutty oak notes, along with lemon-curd MLF. The aromatics retain freshness unfolding a chalky mineral element. Medium-full bodied, the palate has moderately concentrated, but up-front and broad, mouthfilling flavours of savoury citrus fruit and yellow stonefruits, along with subtle creamy barrel ferment and nutty oak layers. Lemon-curd and butterscotch MLF elements add to the depth. Some complexing oxidative detail adds interest. The fruit is underlined by crisp acidity and the wine is carried along a light phenolic-textured line, leading to a firm, lingering finish. This is an up-front, broad and mouthfilling Chardonnay with savoury citrus and stonefruit flavours, creamy, nutty oak and lemon-curd MLF on a crisp, textured palate. Match with grilled and roasted white meats over the next 3+ years. Mendoza clone fruit from the Wairau Valley, fully barrel-fermented with high solids to 13.2% alc., the wine aged in one-third each Hungarian, American and French oak, all 3 y.o., with batonnage and 100% MLF. 50 dozen made. 17.0+/20 Feb 2018 RRP $29.00 TBC

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