Elephant Hill ‘Reserve’ Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2015

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 02-Mar-2017
Bright, light straw-yellow colour, a little lighter on the rim. The nose is firmly concentrated with intense and powerful aromas of white and yellow stonefruits melded with mealy complexities and nutty oak, along with layers of flinty lees elements. Medium-full bodied, the palate features intense and concentrated flavours of ripe white and yellow stonefruits entwined with complexing mealy notes, unfolding layers of nutty oak and flinty lees reduction. The palate has body, power and drive, and flows along a very fine-textured, near seamless line with underlying acid tension and energy. The wine carries to a long, elegantly concentrated finish of stonefruits, nuts, flint and toasty oak. This is a concentrated and intensely flavoured, complex Chardonnay with layers of stonefruits, mealy elements, nutty oak and subtle flinty lees. Match with grilled and roasted poultry, pork and veal dishes over the next 5 years. Clone 15 and 95 fruit from the Te Awanga vineyard, hand-picked and indigenous yeast fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 12 months in 30% new French oak with batonnage and 20% MLF. 19.0/20 Mar 2017 RRP $49.00

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