Dry River Martinborough Chardonnay 2017

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Wairarapa & Wellington
Review Date : 07-Dec-2018
Bright, pale golden-yellow colour with some depth, lighter on the rim. The nose is very elegant in expression and very refined with tightly bound, subtly layered aromas of white stonefruits, notes of creamy barrel-ferment and nutty lees and oak. This is very finely detailed, unfolding some complexing mineral suggestions and a hint of toast. The aromatics intensify considerably with aeration. Medium-bodied, the palate has an elegantly concentrated core of white stonefruits harmoniously entwined complex nutty lees and oak notes, and hints of creamy barrel-ferment. The fruit depth grows in intensity and is underlined by very fine phenolic textures with fresh, lacy acidity. The fruit richness and detail grows as the wine carries to a very long, textured, dry finish. This is a very elegant, complex detailed Chardonnay that grows in intensity of white stonefruits, nutty lees and oak on a refined, textured palate with length. Serve with seafood, poultry and pork over the next 4+ years. Mendoza clone fruit from the ‘Dry River’ and ‘Craighall’ vineyards, vines 30 y.o. on average, fully barrel-fermented with indigenous yeasts to 13.0% alc., with full solids, the wine aged 11 months in 15% new oak with some batonnage, avoiding MLF, then given a further 3 months in tank on light lees. 18.5+/20 Dec 2018 RRP $65.00

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