Equilibrium Chardonnay 2020, Wairarapa

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Wairarapa & Wellington
Review Date : 29-Jul-2021
Bright, pale yellow with some depth, even colour throughout. The nose is soft and elegantly presented, aromas of lemon sherbet, pineapple underlined subtle toasted nuts in poised proportions. Medium-bodied, aromas of pineapple, lemon sherbet are vibrant, entwined with toasted cashews, subtle smoke lingers with a hint of mineral and citrus zest. The palate is bright and pure with vibrancy; delicate chalky mineral flow on a creamy line with mouthwatering acidity gliding through the palate to linearity and a discreet nutty finish. This is a poised Chardonnay with vibrancy and finesse, a brilliant first vintage. Match with grilled tiger prawns and savoury cheese souffle over the next 5+ years. The fruit was sourced from Te Muna Valley and East Taratahi Gladstone, organically grown. Handpicked, 80% whole cluster pressed, fermented in stainless steel, then aged 9 months in French oak barrel; 20% destemmed and fermented on skins for 7 days then pressed and aged in stainless steel tank. 13.5% alc, filtered and minimum fining. 759 bottles produced. 18.5+/20 pts (94 pts) July 2021 RRP $39

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