Maison Noire Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2016

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 13-Feb-2017
Bright, light yellow colour with slight golden hues, paler on the edge. This has a finely concentrated nose with good intensity of savoury, ripe citrus fruits and fresh yellow stonefruits along with notes of creamy barrel-ferment and nutty oak elements. Medium-bodied, the palate features a moderately rich mouthfeel with even mouthfilling flavours of ripe yellow stonefruits and citrus fruits entwined with complex, savoury, creamy barrel-ferment and nutty oak. The flavours are balanced and integrated, and flow along a light, phenolic-textured line with background acidity lending drive. The wine carries to a lingering, concentrated finish of stonefruits, citrus fruit and nuts. This is a well-concentrated, moderately rich Chardonnay with complex stonefruit and citrus fruit flavours entwined with oak notes on a light, grainy palate. Match with roasted poultry and pork dishes over the next 4+ years. Fruit from the Tuki Tuki river plains, a hillside site south Heretaunga Plains and Te Awanga, fully barrel-fermented on full lees, with half given skin contact, to 12.1% alc., the wine aged 6 months on fine lees in 1 and 2 y.o. barrels with no MLF. 17.5/20 Feb 2017 RRP $25.00

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