Mahi ‘Twin Valleys’ Marlborough Chardonnay 2011

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Marlborough
Review Date : 16-Sep-2013
Bright straw-yellow colour, pale on rim. The bouquet is tightly bound and restrained with subtle, savoury and funky flint and reductive aromas entwined with white stonefruits and minerals. The complex nuances become more harmonious with time in the glass. Medium-full bodied, this is elegant in proportion with a quietly rich, lush and dense core of stonefruits integrated with flint and mineral flavours. Barrel-ferment creaminess shows. The mouthfeel is rounded and the textures softening, but good acidity provides balance and linear drive. The palate is near seamless and the gentle flavours lead to a dry, lightly nuanced finish with good length. This is a soft, creamy, shy Chardonnay with subtly integrated stonefruit and minerally flavours and good weight. Match with pork and veal over the next 4-5 years. Clone 95 fruit from a 0.8 ha block of the ‘Twin Valleys’ vineyard in the Fareham Lane area at the Wairau and Waihopai junction, WBP and indigenous yeast fermented in barrel with high solids to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 11 months in oak with minimal MLF. 18.0/20 Sep 2013 RRP $39.00

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