Elephant Hill Salome Chardonnay 2019, Hawke’s Bay

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 03-Sep-2021
Bright, medium yellow, lighter on the rim. The nose is tightly bound with concentrated aromas and elegantly presented nuances of lemon sherbet, pineapple, interweave spices and toasted hazelnuts, unfolding minerality. Medium-full bodied, thirst-quenching aromas of pineapple, lemon sherbet enriched by toasted hazelnuts, barrel spices, buttered popcorn and mineral. The palate is filled with complexity and weight; mouthwatering acidity enlivens and lengthens the flow to a long, sustained finish. Chalky phenolics unveil minerality and salinity, entwined with nutty oak left a fine-textured, fulsome mouthfeel. This is a taut and complex Chardonnay of strength and elegance, packed with details of lemon, pineapple, minerality and toasty oak elements, on a powerful drive with balanced acidity. Match with grilled king prawns and salmon over the next 6-8 years. Chardonnay fruit from 78% Bridge Pa, 22% Te Awanga, fermented to 13.5% alc, aged 12 months in French barrique, 28% new oak. 110 cases produced. 19/20 pts (95 pts) Sept 2021 RRP $75

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