Elephant Hill Reserve Chardonnay 2017, Hawke’s Bay

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 20-Aug-2020
Bright, light straw-yellow with a gold hue and some depth, even colour throughout. The nose is elegant with good intensity aromas of stonefruit, citrus, melded with fennel, hazelnut, toasted coconut and creamy underlay. Medium-bodied, a vivid presence of citrus fruit of lemon, grapefruit and its pith, along with white peach, raw fennel took centre stage, unfolding hazelnut, cream and toasty oak element. The creamy mouthfeel is smooth flowing, provides body weight and balance to the electric acid drive. The acidity has good tension and energy flow, youthful and appealing, carries a chalky phenolic and citrus flavours to linearity. The use of new oak created mealy notes of hazelnut, toasted coconut, added subtle layers and complexity. This is a young Chardonnay with flavours of citrus and stonefruit, toasty oak element, electric acid drive on a creamy palate, has excellent potential for further ageing. Match with Crayfish Thermidor and chicken with chestnut over the next 5-8 years. Clone 15 and 95 from Te Awanga and Bridge Pa Triangle, whole bunch pressed, fermented to 13.4% alc. Aged in French oak for 12 months, 25% new, with some lees stirring, minimal MLF. 18.5+/20 pts Aug 2020 RRP $54 

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