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Domain Road Defiance Chardonnay 2022, Central Otago

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Central Otago & Waitaki
Review Date : 15-Feb-2024
Bright, even, pale straw yellow. The nose is softly full and delicate, with aromas of spice overlying floral, peach, citrus, baked apple and buttery elements. Medium-full bodied, aromas of peach, lemon curd and baked apple entwined with blossom, spice, yoghurt and roasted almonds. The fruit is bright, adorned by oak spice and barrel fermentation details, adding complexity. The elegant acidity persists on a silky mouthfeel and lends a long, graceful finish. Match with prawns and pan-roasted turbot over the next 5+ years. Handpicked whole bunch pressed to tank and settled, transferred to French oak barriques for fermentation to 14.5% alc, aged for 9 months, 33% new oak, underwent MLF and regular lees stirred. 18.5+/20 pts (94 pts) Feb 2024 RRP $35  

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