Kidnapper Cliffs Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2014

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 20-Jun-2017
Bright, light golden-yellow colour with lemon-green hues, lighter on the edge. The nose is full, broad and voluminous with harmoniously melded aromas of ripe white and yellow stonefruits layered with complex gunflint sulphide reduction, along with creamy barrel-ferment and nutty les and toast oak detail. Medium-bodied, the palate is well-concentrated with a bright and vibrant core of ripe white and yellow stonefruits harmoniously intermixed with gunflint sulphide reduction and minerals, interwoven with creamy barrel-ferment notes, leesy elements and oak flavours. The mouthfeel is rich and luscious, and cut by crisp, lacy acidity. The ine flows along a very fine, phenolic-threaded line, leading to a long, lingering and elegant finish unfolding smoke and toasty oak. This is a very rich, vibrant, sweet stonefruited Chardonnay with harmonious layers of complexing gunflint, minerals, creamy and nutty oak, on a lively, fine-textured palate. Match with grilled seafood, poultry and pork dishes over the next 5+ years. A blend of Mendoza, clone 95 and 15 from the Te Awa Estate vineyard, the vines technically in both Bridge Pa and the Gimblett Gravels, the fruit hand-picked, WBP, and indigenous yeast fermented in hogsheads to 13.0% alc., the wine aged 10 months in 40% new oak, undergoing batonnage and partial MLF. 19.5-/20 Jun 2017 RRP $54.99

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