Elephant Hill ‘Reserve’ Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2016

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 07-Mar-2018
Full, even, bright straw-yellow colour with lemon-gold hues, a little paler on the rim. The nose is gently full with a firm and concentrated core of yellow stonefruits and citrus fruits entwined with creamy-nutty barrel-ferment and toasty oak notes, unfolding a fresh saline-minerally element. This has elegance and good intensity. Medium-bodied, the palate is finely concentrated with deep flavours of yellow stonefruits and citrus fruit melded with nutty and toasty oak and subtle creamy barrel-ferment elements. The palate features a firm-textured core and line with brisk acidity enlivening the fruit flavours. The wine has excellent drive and carries to a long, lingering finish of citrus, spices and nutty oak. This is a firm and fine-textured, well-concentrated Chardonnay with stonefruit and citrusssy fruit, interwoven with complex toasty oak on a refreshing palate. Match with grilled and roasted seafood, poultry and pork over the next 5+ years. Clones 15 and 95 fruit with a little 548, 80% from Te Awanga and 20% from the Bridge Pa Triangle, WBP and indigenous yeast barrel-fermented to 13.0% alc., the wine aged 12 months in 26% new French oak with minimal MLF. 600 cases made. 19.0/20 Mar 2018 RRP $54.00

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