Haha Marlborough Chardonnay 2013

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Marlborough
Review Date : 11-Dec-2013
Fruit from the Waihopi and Waihopai Valleys, partially barrel-fermented to 13.75% alc., the wine aged in oak and tank with 50% MLF. Bright, even straw-yellow colour with slight lemon-green hues. The nose issoftly voluminous and full of bold, smoky, toasty oak aromas with white stonefruit, cool citrus, mineral and subtle reductive complexities unfolding. Medium-bodied, toasty oak flavours are initially prevalent over the underlying citrus and minerally fruit flavours, but the fruit grows to reveal sweetness and succulence at the heart, with good alcoholic drive. Lacy, ripe acidity adds freshness and cut to the soft-textured mouthfeel, and the flavours flow with good energy and balance to a sustained, dry, smoky finish. This Chardonnay shows plenty of smoky, toasty oak in its youthful state, but the citrus and subtle mineral interest will develop with some time in bottle. Match with grilled seafood and poultry dishes over the next 3-4+ years. 17.5-/20 Dec 2013 RRP $17.99

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