Elephant Hill Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2015

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 10-Oct-2016
Bright straw-yellow colour with slight green-gold hues, lighter on the rim. The nose is softly concentrated and fine in proportion with deep aromas of ripe citrus and yellow stonefruits harmoniously melded with subtle creamy and nutty barrel-ferment notes, revealing some toastiness, unfolding complexing layers of steely flinty lee and refreshing mineral elements. Medium-full bodied, the palate features a firm and tightly concentrated core of vibrant citrus and yellow stonefruits along with spicy and nutty oak layers, with complexing nuances of flint and minerals. The mouthfeel is brisk, lively and steely with refreshing acidity, and the wine follows a very fine-textured line, leading to a sustained finish of stonefruits, nuts, and spicy and toasty oak. This is a firm, fresh and crisp Chardonnay with well-concentrated flavours of citrus and stonefruits, along with spicy oak and flinty minerals. Serve with grilled seafood and poultry dishes over the next 4+ years. Hand-picked fruit from the company’s Te Awanga vineyard, WBP and indigenous yeast barrel-fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 11 months on lees in 25% new French oak barriques, with no MLF. 18.5/20 Oct 2016 RRP $29.00

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