Elephant Hill Chardonnay 2021, Hawke’s Bay

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 22-Mar-2023
Bright, even, pale yellow. The nose is gentle and soft, with aromas of citrus, oyster shell, hazelnut underlying stonefruit and cream custard. Medium-full bodied, aromas of lemon, grapefruit and pith entwined with peach, roasted hazelnut, warm custard and oyster shell. The mouthfeel is creamy and voluminous, supported by salivating acidity, flowing with a chalky texture and carrying hazelnut elements to a lingering, nutty finish. Match with grouper and roasted artichoke over the next 5 years. 100% Chardonnay grapes from Te Awanga 82%, Bridge Pa 18%, whole bunch pressed, fermented the 14% alc, aged 12 months in French oak, 20% new oak, and a further 5 months on light lees. 18.5+/20 pts (94 pts) Mar 2023 RRP $34

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