Collaboration Series Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2013

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 23-May-2014
A collaboration between Jeff Poole and Tim Turvey. Te Awanga fruit fully barrel-fermented to 14.5% alc., the wine aged 10 months in 30% new American oak, and 40% 1 y.o. American and 30% 1 y.o. French oak barriques, the wine undergoing batonnage. Bright, lemony straw-yellow colour with some depth. The nose is tightly packed and concentrated with fresh, clean, focussed grapefruit aromas along with lifted American oak notes, revealing subtle and balanced nutty elements and lees nuances in the glass. Medium-full bodied, juicy and plush grapefruit and tropical fruit flavours are the feature with sweet American oak and nutty notes elements adding to the richness and palate core. The mouthfeel is creamy from the barrel-fermentation and the wine flows smoothly with good underlying acid energy and poise. The lacy acidity carries the flavours to a long, lingering dry finish with citrussy fruit and sweet oak. This is a fresh, bright, grapefruit and sweet oak flavoured Chardonnay with creamy mouthfeel. Match with grilled and roasted pork and veal over the next 4+ years. 500 cases made. 18.0-/20 May 2014 RRP $19.99

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