Clos de Ste Anne ‘La Bas’ Gisborne Chenin Blanc 2009

Chenin Blanc from New Zealand - Gisborn
Review Date : 26-Mar-2013
Brilliant straw-yellow colour with golden hues, pale on rim. This has a very fine, penetrating and intense bouquet packed with pure white stonefruits and minerals, unfolding intriguing layers of honey, tropical fruits, smoke and waxy lanolin. Dry and medium bodied, this has an elegantly concentrated and pure core of white stonefruits, florals and honey with an intricate array of nuanced detail that becomes revealed in the glass. Beautifully mouthwatering acidity and a lively, lacy mouthfeel reflect the energy inherent in the palate. This is alive with vitality, the smooth textures subtly growing to provide presence and drive. A touch of alcohol power is discernible. This exudes an underlying richness that carries the flavours to a very long, nuanced, waxy-textured finish with hints of florals and minerals. This is a beautifully nuanced Chenin Blanc with finesse allied with richness, and a softly textured, mouthwatering mouthfeel. Match with seafood and poultry over the next 5-7+ years. Chenin Blanc, certified organic and biodynamic, from the ‘La Bas’ section on the lower slopes of the ‘Clos de Ste Anne’ vineyard, WBP with fermentation completed in 600 L demi-muids to 13.5% alc. and 6.0 g/L rs, the wine aged on lees for 9 months. 19.5-/20 Mar 2013 RRP $70.00

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