Greywacke Marlborough Chardonnay 2011

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Marlborough
Review Date : 02-Oct-2017
Very pale straw colour, quite brilliant. The bouquet is very firm, concentrated and intense with density and real presence. Intense white stonefruits with deep flinty reductive notes. Quite elegant on palate, but rich and sweetly fruited. Lovely balance and style of deep stonefruits and complexing flint. Very fine textures and fresh, lacy acidity. The finish is quite remarkable in length. This is youthful, but its potential can be seen. 19.0+/20 Sep 2017 RRP $N/A Straw-yellow colour, this has a full, rich and complex bouquet of warming yellow stonefruit aromas fully integrated with gunflint notes, unveiling fine, lifted and refreshing herbal nuances. A soft, broad and mouthfilling wine, this unfolds ethereal waves of ripe yellow stonefruits, savoury florals, citrus detail and sulphide flinty elements. A firm core underlines the palate and the wine possesses great drive, with refined, soft textures and detailed length. The finish is marked by refreshing acid lift. This appears tighter than on last showing. 19.0-/20 Jun 2014 RRP $42.50 Bright, full golden straw-yellow with lemony hues, lighter on edge. The bouquet is full and open with a harmonious and complex melange of ripe white and yellow stonefruits intermixed with soft, flinty, mineral-like reduction and very subtle layers of citrus fruits, nuts and smoke. The aromas grow in depth and concentration and show a completeness. Full-bodied, full, broad and open flavours are the feature on the palate, with layers of stonefruits, citrus fruits, nuts and gunflint unfolding continuously. The mouthfeel is very refined, but there is alcoholic power and depth providing strong underlying drive, with fine, fresh, lacy acidity adding tension and an aspect of elegance. The flavours are carried to a full, long and sustained nutty, flinty finish. This is a very full, layered and complex, contemporary Chardonnay with power and fine freshness. Match with grilled and roasted seafood, poultry and pork over the next 5-6 years. Mainly Mendoza clone with clone 95, from Brancott, Fairhall and some Rapaura fruit, hand-picked and WBP, and barrel-fermented with indigenous yeasts to 14.5% alc., the wine aged 18 months in 20% new French oak barriques with some batonnage and full MLF. 19.0/20 Dec 2013 RRP $41.95

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