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Hands of Time Chardonnay 2018, Napa Valley, California

Chardonnay from USA
Review Date : 23-Jun-2022
Bright, medium yellow with depth and a green sheen, even colour throughout. This has a whiff of toasty, reductive elements on the bouquet, roasted peanut, underlying smoke, pineapple and citrus fruit. Medium-full bodied, aromas of vanilla, butterscotch interweave smoke and roasted nut, and a core of pineapple, Meyer lemon and apple linger with buttery nuance. Slightly grainy phenolics contribute to mouthfeel and texture, reflecting toasty elements. Balanced acidity carries flavours and injects liveliness to a toasty finish. This Chardonnay shows pineapple, citrus and apple fruit with balanced acidity, enriched by toasty oak and buttery details. Match with roasted chicken and hard cheese over the next 3-5 years. Barrel fermented in new and older French oak and stainless steel, 14.5% alc. 17.5/20 (88 pts) June 2022 RRP $48.50

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