Clos de Ste Anne ‘Naboth’s Vineyard’ Chardonnay 2013

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Gisborn
Review Date : 16-Feb-2015
Hand-picked fruit from 25 y.o. vines from ‘Naboth’s Vineyard’, WBP and indigenous yeast barrel-fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged over 10 months in seasoned barriques on lees with batonnage, but without MLF. Bright straw-yellow colour with green-golden hues, lighter on rim. The nose is full and softly concentrated with aromas of ripe yellow stonefruits and citrus fruits along with creamy, nutty barrel-ferment notes and mealy, biscuity elements melded with chalky minerals. The aromatics are harmoniously layered and build in depth with aeration. Medium-full bodied, flavours of ripe yellow stonefruits form a complex amalgam with nutty, toasty oak, biscuit and mealy elements and flinty, chalky minerals. This is mouthfilling and rich, with a firm core from the fruit extract. Soft acidity and fine-grained phenolic textures add to the weight and presence on the palate, and the concentration grows and carries the wine to a long, substantial, textured finish with an array of citrus, mealy and nutty flavours. This is a rich, concentrated Chardonnay with layers of complex citrus, nutty and mealy flavours and a creamy, textural mouthfeel. Match with roasted pork, veal and most white meat dishes over the next 5-7 years. 19.0/20 Feb 2015 RRP$75.00

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