Lawson’s Dry Hills Marlborough Chardonnay 2008

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Marlborough
Review Date : 03-Nov-2011
Mendoza clone fruit from the ‘Chaytors Road' site, wild yeast fermented in 25% new French barriques to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 10 months in oak with lees stirring for 2 months, and partial MLF conversion. Bright light golden hued straw-yellow colour, pale an edge, this has a soft, full and voluminous nose of ripe yellow stonefruits, peaches and a core of citrus. Attractively integrated barrel-ferment mealy and nutty aromas unfold and the bouquet is one of richness and harmony. Full-bodied, this is a powerful and rich wine, with rounded textures and lush stonefruit and tropical fruit flavours. The acidity is a little low, but this adds to the breadth of the palate. The oaking is subtle and melding into the flavour profile which unfolds to show nuances of nuts, flint and butter. Creamy textures from the barrel-work and bottle development flow to a gentle finish. This is maturing attractively and will be a good match with poultry, pork and veal over the next 3-4+ years. 18.0+/20 Nov 2011 RRP $27.00

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