Grove Mill Wairau Valley Marlborough Chardonnay 2017

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Marlborough
Review Date : 28-Nov-2018
Bright, even, light yellow colour with green-gold hues, a little paler on the rim. The nose is finely concentrated with firm and layered aromas of white and yellow stonefruits entwined with gunflint mineral reduction complexities along with nutty oak and lees elements, and a creamy barrel-ferment and MLF amalgam, unfolding a little toastiness. The fruit richness grows with aeration. Medium-bodied, the palate has a finely concentrated, soft and integrated heart with sweetly rich flavours of white and yellow stonefruits and a little citrus fruit, harmoniously melded with a gentle layer of gunflint complexity along with nutty oak and creamy barrel-work and MLF. The flavours carry along a smooth-textured line with balanced, fresh acidity and the wine leads to a sustained finish. This is a finely concentrated smooth-flowing Chardonnay with sweet stonefruit and nutty oak flavours with complexing gunflint elements and nutty, creamy elements. Match with roasted seafood, poultry and pork over the next 3-4 years. Clones 548, 95 and 15 fruit from mature vines from the ‘Bedford Road’ vineyard, in the Wairau Valley, part WBP and part crushed and destemmed, fully barrel-fermented by inoculated and indigenous yeasts to 13.0% alc., the wine aged 10 months on lees in 15% new French oak with batonnage and 70% MLF. 18.5-/20 Nov 2018 RRP $20.00

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