Esk Valley ‘Winemakers Reserve’ Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2016

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 10-Sep-2017
Very pale straw colour, near colourless. The nose shows powerful and intense white stonefruit aromas with mealy and nutty layers, white florals and gunflint, along with unfolding citrus fruit, toasty and nutty oak. A steely freshness guides the fruit expression and depth. On palate, this is rich and powerful, but taut and refined, with wonderfully rich white stonefruits, along with saline suggestion interwoven with nutty oak, toast and smoke. The mouthfeel features fine acidity and very fine textures, and the wine carries to a very long citrus and flinty notes, with a mouthwatering finish. Lover richness, vitality and flavour intensity incorporating a little flintiness from whole solids fermentation. Clone 95 fruit with a small portion of clone 15, 70% from the ‘Howards’ and 30% from the ‘Home’ vineyard, hand-picked and WBP, indigenous yeast barrel-fermented to 13.3% alc., the wine aged 11 months in 30% new French oak with some batonnage and partial MLF. 19.0/20 Sep 2017 RRP $31.05

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