Dry River Martinborough Chardonnay 2011

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Wairarapa & Wellington
Review Date : 26-Sep-2012
Mendoza clone fruit from ‘Craighall' vines c. 20 y.o. and ‘Dry River Estate' vines c. 30 y.o., WBP and barrel-fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 9 months in 300 L and 350 L casks, 20% new, the wine undergoing batonnage, but MLF discouraged. Bright straw-yellow colour with pale lemon and green hues. The bouquet is tight and reserved, slowly revealing aromas of penetrating citrus fruits with spicy oak, yellow florals, nuts and minerals. Medium bodied, this is elegantly proportioned, with concentrated and intense flavours of mealy, citrus fruits and oak, the energy enhanced by lively acidity. The flavours build in intensity, with the acidity providing racy drive and lusciousness. Very fine textures run the length of the palate, and the wine has a very long, lingering finish with citrus and nutty, flinty flavours. This elegant, tightly bound and crisp Chardonnay will unfold and develop greater richness, roundness and layers of flavour over the next 4-5+ years. Serve with grilled and roasted seafood, poultry and pork. 18.5/20 Sep 2012 RRP $53.00

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