Gibbston Valley ‘China Terrace’ ‘Central Otago ‘B95’ Chardonnay 2016

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Otago
Review Date : 08-Oct-2018
Bright straw-yellow colour with pale golden hues, lighter edged. The nose is softly concentrated with a solid and deep core with an amalgam of savoury white stonefruits, nutty and complexing mealy oak and a firm line of gunflinty reduction all forming a dense heart. Ripe yellow stonefruit notes emerge with aeration. Medium-full bodied, the palate has a fulsome and rich, well-concentrated and packed heart of savoury yellow stonefruits with nutty and mealy oak, and gunflint complexities. The palate has weight and depth with layers of richness, unfolding layers of fruit, oak and flinty detail. This is mouthfilling and the wine carries to a full, strong, concentrated and deep, sustained finish. This is a weighty and fulsome, complex Chardonnay with deep and dense flavours of savoury stonefruits, nutty oak and gunflint, on a solid, powerful palate. Match with roasted pork and veal over the next 4+ years. A bottling of B95 clone Chardonnay from 3 rows in the ‘China Terrace’ vineyard, Bendigo, hand-picked on 5 April, and 95% indigenous yeast barrel-fermented in French barriqies and puncheons to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 12 months on lees in 25% new oak, with 95% MLF. 19.0-/20 Oct 2018 RRP $55.00

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