Gibbston Valley ‘China Terrace’ Central Otago Chardonnay 2017

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Otago
Review Date : 08-Oct-2018
Bright, light straw-yellow colour, pale on the edge. The nose is fresh and aromatic with intense and penetrating aromas of white stonefruits, peaches and citrus fruit layered with creamy, nutty oak and some toastiness, with a little flint. This has depth and firmness at the core. Medium-full bodied, the palate has a fine, firmly concentrated core with deep and intense flavours of white stonefruits, peach and citrus fruit entwined with creamy barrel-ferment, nutty and toasty oak and a little flint. The mouthfeel is fresh and lively with bright acidity and the wine carries along a light-textured phenolic line leading to a very long lingering finish of stonefruits, nuts and toast. This is a fine, firm and fresh Chardonnay with intensity and concentration of stonefruit, nutty and toasty flavours on a bright palate with good length. Match with grilled seafood and poultry over the next 4+ years. Clones 2-23 and B95 from the ‘China Terrace’, hand-picked on 25 April (late), WBP, and indigenous yeast barrel-fermented in barriques and puncheons with high solids to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 10 months on lees in 25% new oak with 85% MLF. 18.5+/20 Oct 2018 RRP $42.00

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