Leveret Estate ‘Reserve’ Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2013

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 20-Oct-2014
100% Mendoza clone fruit from two parcels from opposites sides of the Ngaruroro river, 50% hand-picked and WBP, fully indigenous yeast barrel-fermented to 13.0% alc., the wine aged 15 months in 80% new French oak, undergoing 8 months batonnage and partial MLF. Full straw-yellow colour with slight golden hues, pale edged. The nose is tightly bound with aromas of ripe citrus fruits intermixed with creamy barrel ferment and lemon-curd and buttery MLF notes. The aromatics unfold to reveal considerable richness and toasty oak, and nutty complexities. Medium-full bodied, densely packed and fulsome flavours of ripe citrus fruits and yellow stonefruits are entwined with rich, creamy barrel-ferment and nutty layers with toasty oak and butterscotch detail. The wine is mouthfilling and the flavours underlined by excellent lacy acid cut and fine textures. This has drive and power and the wine carries through to a strong and long, citrus and nutty flavoured finish. This is a rich, lush and creamy, traditionally-styled Chardonnay with plenty of acid cut. Match with roasted pork and veal over the next 4-5+ years. 18.0+/20 Oct 2014 RRP $33.95

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