Grove Mill Wairau Valley Marlborough Chardonnay 2016

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Marlborough
Review Date : 04-Nov-2017
Even straw-yellow colour with some depth, a little lighter on the edge. The nose is full and up-front with well-packed aromas of ripe citrus fruit and yellow stonefruits, along with a complex amalgam of creamy barrel-ferment and nutty oak, with nuances of flinty reduction, lemon-curd MLF and toasty oak. Medium-full bodied, the palate is up-front with flavours of ripe citrus and stonefruits entwined with subtle creamy and nutty oak, with balanced lemon-curd MLF, flint and toasty complexities. The palate has good weight and depth, with some underlying power, with fresh acidity. The wine carries with good presence and drive to a lingering finish of citrus fruit, creamy oak and toasty nuances. This is an up-front, flavoursome Chardonnay with citrus and stonefruit flavours integrated with creamy, nutty and toasty oak , and subtle flinty detail on a well-weighted, fresh palate. Match with grilled and roasted seafood, poultry and pork dishes over the next 4 years. Clones 15, 95 and Mendoza from the Wairau Valley fully barrel-fermented, partially by indigenous yeasts to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 10 months in 15% new French barriques with 70% MLF. 18.5/20 Nov 2017 RRP $20.00

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