Mahi ‘Twin Valleys’ Marlborough Chardonnay 2009

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Marlborough
Review Date : 13-Apr-2011
Made from clone 95 fruit from the ‘Two Valleys' site at the junction of the Wairau and Waihopi valleys, whole bunch pressed and fully barrel-fermented in French barriques by native yeasts to 14.0% alc., then aged in oak for 11 months. Bright straw-yellow colour with lemony-green hues, this has a beautifully balanced, integrated and richly concentrated nose of citrus and nectarine fruit with mealy, nutty barrel-ferment aromatics. On palate this is a little shy and restrained at first, but blossoms to show layers of mealy, nutty, fruit and oak complexities with a subtle succulence and nuances of smoke. The wine has very fine, creamy textures and good weight, yet retains great elegance and freshness from excellent acidity. Even better than the 2008 vintage wine. Match with poultry and pork over the next 4-5+ years. 18.5+/20 Apr 2011 RRP $34.95

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