Elephant Hill EARTH Chardonnay 2021, Hawke’s Bay

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 09-Oct-2023
Bright, pale yellow, even colour throughout. This has a rich presence on the bouquet, with aromas of struck-match intermixed with vanilla, sweet spice, nutty elements, stonefruit and citrus. Full-bodied, aromas of apricot, lemon curd and grapefruit zest enriched by roasted hazelnut, vanilla and cardamom. Fine-textured phenolics contribute a layer to the broad palate, unveiling toasty, nutty details. A tangy acid tension elevates and lengthens to a long, satisfying finish. This Chardonnay is sensational and opulent, with well-proportioned tension, toasty elements and texture. Match with roasted fowl and pumpkin gnocchi with brown butter over the next 10 years. Fruit from 96% Earth Vineyard in Bridge Pa and 4% from Sea Vineyard in Te Awanga, whole bunch pressed to barrel, fermented to 13.5% alc, partial MLF, aged 12 months in barrel, 23% new oak, further 5 months in tank rested on light lees. 330 cases produced. 19.5/20 pts (97 pts) Oct 2023 RRP $65

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