Clearview ‘Endeavour’ Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2013

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 27-Dec-2015
Fruit from the oldest Mendoza clone vines in the Te Awanga vineyard, planted in 1989, hand-picked and indigenous yeast barrel-fermented with full solids to 14.5% alc., the wine spending 30 months in new oak with batonnage and MLF. Full, light golden-yellow colour, a little lighter edged. This has a very full, rich, open and bold nose of well-concentrated and densely packed aromas of ripe yellow stonefruits with powerful, exotic, nutty and toasty new oak. The fruit unfolds complex mealy, savoury detail along with flinty and smoky elements with aeration, the oak a focus of the bouquet. Full-bodied, the palate has mouthfilling and bold flavours of rich, ripe stonefruit and citrus fruits, forming a concentrated heart. The fruit is complemented by considerable toasty, smoky and spicy oak flavours. The palate has a degree of tightness and restraint, with the richness in balance. There is underlying alcoholic power and drive, carrying the creamy, nutty flavours and complex array of detailed nuances along with good acid liveliness and energy, to a very long, strong finish. This is a very powerful Chardonnay with considerable new oak presence and underlying complexities, the wine balanced in richness and structure, with excellent energy and drive. Match with rich seafood and creamy sauced white meat dishes over the next 5-6 years. 19.0/20 Dec 2015 RRP $165.00

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