Hunter’s Marlborough Chardonnay 2017

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Marlborough
Review Date : 19-Jul-2018
Brilliant straw-yellow with pale golden tints, lighter on the rim. The nose is firmly concentrated with deep and well-packed aromas of white and yellow stonefruits complexed by an amalgam of nutty oak, mealy elements and hints of flinty, minerally reduction, unfolding nutty lees and oak toast. Medium-bodied, the palate has a rich, but finely concentrated and taut core of white and yellow stonefruits entwined with complexing mealy notes and a harmonious layer of nutty oak with reductive flinty and mineral elements. The fruit has excellent vitality, energy and linearity, and the wine carries along a fine-textured line, leading to a sustained, nuanced, elegant finish. This is a rich and concentrated but taut Chardonnay with stonefruits, nutty oak and reductive flinty and mineral complexities on a linear palate with excellent acid tension. Serve with seafood and poultry dishes over the next 4 years. Predominantly Mendoza clone fruit from Omaka, Renwick and Rapaura, fermented with cloudy juice in French oak puncheons to 12.5% alc., the wine aged 10 months on lees in 15% new oak with 20% MLF. 18.5/20 Jul 2018 RRP $24.90

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