Dry River Martinborough Chardonnay 2015

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Wairarapa & Wellington
Review Date : 27-Jul-2017
This wine has a little more input to make it more complex and textural over the original fruit-pure style as previously made, but it is a step along it path of evolution. Wilco Lam is quietly growing this wine. I’ve tasted this 2015 many times, though with one review only. Straw-yellow colour with some depth, lighter edged. An elegant wine on nose, with sweetly ripe, detailed white stonefruit aromas with gentle creamy barrel notes, a little nutty complexity, and still with more to unfold from the core. A subtler wine on palate, showing the intricate detail along with fine textural grip and firm acid, lending linearity. Quite mouthwatering. 28% MLF. 18.5+/20 Jul 2017 RRP $65.60 Bright, light golden-yellow colour with some depth, lighter on the edge. The nose is very soft and gently voluminous with aromas of white and yellow stonefruits and citrus fruit, along with creamy, nutty barrel-ferment notes that build in intensity, revealing mealy and smoky complexities from the finely concentrated core. Medium-bodied, the palate is rounded in concentration with flavours of ripe yellow stonefruits and citrus fruit harmoniously melded creamy, mealy and nutty oak layers. The mouthfeel is soft and the wine quite accessible, underlined by very smooth textures, and background lacy acidity. The concentrated flavours are carried positively to a lingering, dry-textured finish with subtly rich stonefruit and nutty nuances. This is a rich, rounded, concentrated, but fresh Chardonnay with citrus and stonefruit flavours and layers of creamy, nutty barrel notes. Match with poultry and pork over the next 4-5 years. Fruit from the ‘Craighall’ and ‘Dry River’ sites, predominantly indigenous yeast, and fully barrel-fermented to 12.8% alc., the wine aged 10 months in 15% large format French oak, with light batonnage, avoiding MLF. 18.5+/20 Nov 2016 RRP $55.00

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