Hopesgrove ‘Estate’ Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2014

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 01-Oct-2016
Brilliant, light golden-hued straw-yellow colour with some depth, pale edged. The bouquetis bold and powerful with intensely concentrated aromas of ripe white and yellow stonefruits, and citrus fruit uggestions, layered with flinty, mineral elements and nutty oxidative complexities and some toasty oak. Medium-full bodied, the palate features a fine and well-concentrated core, with a rounded mouthfeel and harmoniously entwined flavours of ripe stonefruits and citrus fruits, alongside gunflint, nutty and oxidative complexities and soft layers of toasty oak. Barrel-fermentation creaminess and soft, integrated acidity enhance the fruit richness, and the wine carries to a long, soft, deeply packed finish of stonefuits, nuts and oak. This is a complex Chardonnay with layers of stonefruit with nutty and oxidative elements, oak and flint, on a rich and rounded palate. Serve with poultry, pork and veal dishes over the next 4+ years. Fully indigenous yeast barrel-fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine aged in 33% new French oak with batonnage and 60% MLF. 18.5-/20 Oct 2016 RRP $33.00

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