Elephant Hill Salome Chardonnay 2020, Hawke’s Bay

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 18-Oct-2022
Bright, pale yellow with some depth and a light green sheen, even colour throughout. This has an expressive, full bouquet, complex layers of brisk spice, hazelnut and warm butter underlying ripe peach, nectarine and citrus. Full-bodied, aromas of peach, nectarine and citrus peel enriched by toast, hazelnut, delicate spice and warm butter in well-proportions. An opulent, creamy and unctuous mouthfeel flows with refined, silky phenolics, supported by an acid backbone and carries to a prolonged, spicy finish. This opulent Chardonnay shows clear layers and multi-dimensions with ripe fruit and well-portioned barrel elements. Match with butter-poached crayfish and veal chop over the next 8+ years. 100% clone 15 Chardonnay from Sea vineyard, whole bunch pressed to barrel, naturally fermented to 14% alc, natural partial MLF, aged 18 months on light lees, occasional stirring, 12 months in barrel, 35% new oak, 6 months in tank. 110 cases produced. 19/20 (95 pts) Oct 2022 RRP $85

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