Dog Point Marlborough Chardonnay 2013

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Marlborough
Review Date : 09-Apr-2015
Brilliant, even, light golden-yellow colour, paler on rim. The nose is very elegant and refined, with concentrated and penetrating aromas of white and yellow stonefruits, citrus fruits entwined with fragrant, nutty oak, and stylish mineral and gunflint reductive complexities. Subtle oxidative detail unfolds with aeration, adding interest. Medium-bodied and elegantly proportioned, the palate is poised and finely balanced with lively citrus and stonefruit flavours that exude succulence and richness. The fruit is seamlessly melded with layers of gunflint, toasty oak and nutty detail, along with oxidative complexities. The mouthfeel is beautifully balanced with a very fine-textured line and refreshing, lacy acidity that carries the wine to a tightly concentrated, long lingering finish. This is an elegantly concentrated, stylishly rich, lively Chardonnay with complex and detailed layers of gunflint and nutty interest. Serve with seafood, poultry and pork over the next 5-6 years. Two-thirds Mendoza and one-third clone 95 fruit from the ‘Dog Point’ vineyard, hand-picked, WBP and barrel-fermented with full solids by indigenous yeasts to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 18 months in 15% new French oak, undergoing batonnage and MLF. 18.5+/20 Apr 2015 RRP $35.00 Bright, light golden-hued yellow colour. The nose is elegant and fine, with tightly concentrated stonefruit flavours melded with stylish gunflint and mineral aromatics. This is pure and focussed. On palate very elegant and finely presented. Taut and a little lean from youth, lovely purity and intensity with a balanced amalgam of stonefruits, flint, minerals, the oaking spot-on with suggestions of toast. Lacy acidity for vitality and finesse. An elegant wine with all the potential to develop well. % alc. and RS TBA, 18 months in 15% new French oak. 18.5+/20 Oct 2014 RRP $TBA

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