Domain Road Defiance Chardonnay 2020, Central Otago

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Central Otago & Waitaki
Review Date : 06-Apr-2022
Bright, even, pale yellow with some depth. This has a gentle and enticing bouquet, nuances of stonefruit, citrus underlying floral melded with subtle creaminess and elegant oak details. Medium-bodied, sweet-scented, lively fruit of peach, lemon and grapefruit are well-proportioned, adorned by white and yellow blossom; lemon curd, prickly spices and a hint of toasted hazelnut linger to a long, harmonious finish. Creamy textured palate flow seamlessly and effortlessly with lacy, integrated acidity, leaving a clean, moreish linger; very fine, powdery phenolics added to the texture. This is a harmonious Chardonnay with perfectly ripe fruit, acid precision, and well-balanced oak elements lend a lasting, memorable finish. Match with butter-poached langoustine and whitebait tempura over the next 6-8 years. Handpicked fruit from Defiance Vineyard in Bannockburn, whole bunch pressed to tank, transferred to French oak barriques for fermentation to 14% alc, aged 9 months, 23% new oak, full MLF. 19.5/20 pts (97 pts) Apr 2022 RRP $32

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