Dry River Martinborough Chardonnay 2016

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Wairarapa & Wellington
Review Date : 19-Sep-2017
Bright, light golden-hued straw-yellow colour, lighter on the edge. The nose is soft and gently voluminous with layered aromas of white and yellow stonefruits harmoniously melded with layers of subtle creamy barrel-ferment with nutty lees and oak notes. The aromatics gently build in depth with aeration. Medium-full bodied, the palate is firmly concentrated flavours of white and yellow stonefruits integrated with creamy barrel-ferment, nutty lees and oak elements. The mouthfeel is rounded but balanced by fresh, lacy acidity that enlivens the flavours, providing good linearity. The wine carries to a long, lingering, nuanced finish. This is an elegantly concentrated, fresh Chardonnay with subtle richness, weight and depth, and complexing nuances of barrel-ferment, nutty lees and oak. Match with seafood, poultry and pork over the next 5+ years. Mendoza clone fruit from 20 y.o. vines in the ‘Craighall’ vineyard and 30 y.o. vines from the Dry River Estate’, indigenous yeast barrel-fermented to 13.5% alc., the aged 15 months in 15% new French oak barrels with light batonnage, avoiding MLF. 18.5+/20 Sep 2017 RRP $55.00 Wilco has signalled his intent to introduce more complexity into this wine, moving it away from the lighter, more pure and floral style, which still has a sense of beauty, into a wine of greater richness, weight and interest. I believe he is succeeding. Even, light straw-yellow colour with some depth. The nose is refined with a firm and elegant concentration, showing lovely melded aromas of stonefruit and citrus fruit with complexing nutty lees and oak, along with creamy barrel-ferment elements. There is still some pure white florality to the aromatics. Stylishly rich on the palate, but retaining elegance, the flavours of stonefruits and nuts show complexing savoury nuances. The mouthfeel is soft and refined, and the wine flows positively with the acidity providing energy. Lovely nutty lees nuances show here. A wine that has more presence and a complete roundness. Barrel fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine spending 15 months on lees. 19.0-/20 Sep 2017 RRP $55.00

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