Karikari Estate Karikari Peninsula Northland Chardonnay 2015

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Northland & Auckland
Review Date : 03-Mar-2018
Bright, light golden-yellow colour with some depth, lighter on the rim. The nose is full with softly packed aromas of ripe tropical fruit with lifted stonefruit and citrus fruit notes harmoniously melded with nutty oak and soft, creamy barrel-ferment and butterscotch MLF layers. Slight volatile lift is present. Medium-full bodied, the palate has a rich, concentrated, deep and flavoursome palate with flavours of ripe yellow stonefruits and tropical fruits along with citrus fruit elements. The fruit is enriched by creamy barrel ferment and buttery MLF layers, the palate showing good integration along with weight and presence, underlined by fine phenolic textures. The flavours carry to a rich, lifted finish. This is a rich and concentrated, up-front, mouthfilling, traditional Chardonnay with ripe tropical fruit flavours and a harmonious amalgam of creamy oak and buttery MLF on a palate with plenty of presence. Serve with roasted pork and veal dishes over the next 4-5 years. Hand-picked fruit barrel-fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 18 months in 40% new oak with minimal batonnage, and 70% MLF. 18.0/20 Mar 2018 RRP $45.00

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