Elephant Hill Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2010

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 28-May-2012
Te Awanga fruit hand-picked and WBP, and indigenous yeast fermented to 13.8% alc., the wine aged 11 months on lees in 40% new French oak barriques, with no MLF. Bright straw-yellow colour with lemon-gold hues. This has an elegant but concentrated nose of ripe citrus fruits intermixed with aromas of mealy, nutty elements, spices and toasty oak forming a complex, steely amalgam. Medium-full bodied, this is still tight and restrained in expression. Ripe, savoury citrus grow to form an intense and concentrated core, with layers of nutty, toast oak and mealy, flinty nuances unfolding. Bright acidity underlines the palate and balances the subtly creamy barrel-ferment textures leading to a very long, rich, citrussy, nutty finish. This is a tight and concentrated, crisp Chardonnay with classic citrussy fruit and spicy, nutty oak interest that will develop over the next 4-5+ years. Serve with grilled and roasted seafood and poultry. 18.0/20 May 2012 RRP $29.00

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