Elephant Hill Estate Chardonnay 2018, Hawke’s Bay

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 18-Jun-2020
Bright, even, medium yellow with a golden-green hue. The nose is softly-full and elegant with flavours of melon and stonefruit, along with light cream and a subtle butter tone; entwined with cashew nuts and a dusty layer of oak element. Medium-bodied, dry to taste, with flavours of honeydew melon, stonefruit and citrus, along with cream, cashew and oak spice element. The palate is creamy with a lightness; lively acidity balanced the creaminess and flows gracefully to a linear finish with a dusting of oak spices on a light and soft phenolic texture. This is a well-rounded Chardonnay with balanced acidity, carries the right proportion flavours of fruit, nuts and cream with elegance. Match with chicken ballotine and prawns over the next 3-4 years. Fruit from Te Awanga and Triangle Vineyard. Whole bunch pressed to ferment in French oak barriques, 28% new oak. 12.8% alc. No MLF, aged on lees for 12 months. 18/20pts June 2020 RRP $34

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