Elephant Hill SEA Chardonnay 2021, Hawke’s Bay

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 09-Oct-2023
Bright, even, pale yellow. The nose is enticing and complex, aromas of light struck-match overlying citrus, zest and delicate spice. Medium-full bodied, aromas grapefruit, lemon curd intertwined with zest, sherbet, delicate spice, unfolding roasted hazelnut and struck-match. The struck-match portion is well-managed and uplifting; zingy acid tension enlivens and drives a long, salivating finish. This Chardonnay possesses excellent energy, tension and well-balanced components on a fine-textured, focused palate. Match with crab linguine and oyster tempura over the next 8+ years. Fruit from 100% Sea Vineyard in Te Awanga, 100% clone 15, whole bunch pressed to barrel, fermented to 14% alc, partial MLF, aged 12 months in barrels, 57% new oak, occasional stirring, plus 5 months in tank rested on light lees. 155 cases produced. 19/20 pts (95 pts) Oct 2023 RRP $65

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