Hopes Grove ‘Estate’ Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2016

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 05-Nov-2018
Bright, even, light golden-yellow colour with some depth, paler edged. The nose is fresh and firm with solid and robust aromas of ripe yellow stonefruits and citrus fruit entwined with creamy barrel-ferment and nutty oak unfolding a little toast. The aromatics form a positive core with depth. Medium-full bodied, the palate has bold and up-front flavours of sweetly ripe tropical fruit and stonefruits, with savoury citrus fruit forming a fulsome heart. The flavours are mouthfilling and near robust, with balancing creamy and nutty oak and fresh, lacy acidity. The wine has good drive and carries to a long finish. This is a fulsome and robust Chardonnay with stonefruit, citrus fruit and tropical fruit , creamy and nutty oak on a palate with power and freshness. Serve with poultry, pork and veal dishes over the next 4+ years. Hand-picked fruit, clones 15, 95 and 96 vines planted 2006 and 2012, WBP and indigenous yeast barrel-fermented to 13.2% alc., the wine aged 15 months in 32% new French oak, undergoing batonnage for 3 months, with 100% MLF. 18.5-/20 Nov 2018 RRP $35.00

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