Hawksdrift ‘Barrel Fermented’ Marlborough Chardonnay 2012

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Marlborough
Review Date : 16-Aug-2013
Hand-picked fruit from vines 12-15 y.o. from a single site in the Dillons Point district, WBP and fully barrel-fermented to 14.0% alc, the wine aged 10 months in 2 y.o. French oak barrels, undergoing 100% MLF with batonnage. Bright straw-yellow colour with slight green-gold hues, pale on rim. The nose is very subtle and tightly bound, slowly revealing white stonefruits, lifted oak and nuts and hints of cream in delicate layers. Medium-full bodied, the flavours are shy and need aeration to show the layers of stonefruits, citrus fruits, oak spices and nuts. Waves of detail and interwoven interest unfold, and fill the palate. The mouthfeel is creamy in texture with some alcohol power providing drive and fine acidity the freshness. This grows in richness and flavour and the wine carries through to a long, subtly nuanced, dry finish. This Chardonnay needs aeration to reveal its layers of fruit and barrel-ferment character. It has power and mouthfeel. Serve with roast pork over the next 5 years. 115 dozen made. 18.0/20 Aug 2013 RRP $39.95

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