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Čuvar Guardians Collection Rivermere Vineyard Chardonnay 2021, Hawke’s Bay

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 10-Apr-2024
Bright, even, pale straw yellow. This has a full, expressive bouquet with aromas of struck-match overlying vanilla, warm toast, hazelnut, citrus and stonefruit. Full-bodied, aromas of peach and apricot entwined with lemon sherbet, roasted hazelnut, vanilla, toasty spice and underlined struck-match. The wine is rich and harmonious, with power and layers. Integrated acidity carries fine-texture, mineral-rich phenolics to linearity. This Chardonnay possesses power and grace, a strong release as one of Sir George's first wines in the Čuvar chapter. Match with roasted guinea fowl and pork chop over the next 7 years. Fruit from Rivermere Vineyard (previously Lyon's) on Gimbelett Gravels, handpicked, fermented with natural yeast in 42% new oak and 58% seasoned French oak barriques, partial MLF, aged 10 months on lees, 13.5% alc. 19/20 (95 pts) Apr 2024 RRP $43.99

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