Greywacke Chardonnay 2017, Marlborough

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Marlborough
Review Date : 11-May-2021
Bright, pale yellow-gold with some depth and a green hue, slightly lighter edged. The nose is full, well-packed with nuances of brioche, roasted nuts and barrel spices, underlined grilled pineapple, ripe stonefruit and chalky mineral. Medium-full bodied, the palate is filled with grilled pineapple, peaches, preserved lemon, grapefruit zest, flavours have good depth, enriched by well-proportioned spices, vanilla, toasted hazelnuts, along with brioche melba toast. Brilliant acidity cut through a creamy palate, unveil fine-textured flinty phenolic, carries nutty components to a lengthy, powerful finish. The wine has great concentration and breadth, full of elegant interest. Match with roast goose and crayfish thermidor over the next 5+ years. Primarily Mendoza clone, plus Clone 5, the majority of fruit was sourced from Brancott Valley and Fairhall, with the remainder from Renwick and Rapaura. Handpicked, high ripeness levels, whole bunch pressed, some full solids, fermented with indigenous yeast in French oak barriques to 14.2% alc, 20% new oak. Occasional lees stirred and full MLF, aged in oak for 18 months. 19/20 pts (95 pts) May 2021 RRP $43

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