Man O’ War ‘Little Beast’ Waiheke Island Chardonnay 2016

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Northland & Auckland
Review Date : 18-Apr-2017
Bright, even, light golden-hued yellow colour, paler on the rim. The nose is tightly bound and elegantly concentrated with aromas of white stonefruits entwined with nutty notes and a layering of gunflint and mineral complexities, along with subtle oxidative detail. The nose has good depth and fine intensity. Medium-bodied, the palate is tightly bound with elegantly interwoven flavours of white stonefruits melded with layers of flint and mineral complexities, and nuances of nuts and oxidative hints. The palate is firm in expression with a fine, grainy phenolic line and fresh, balancing acidity lending drive. The wine has positive linearity and carries with good power to a long, tightly concentrated, lingering finish of white stonefruits, nuts and gunflint. This is a firm and tense Chardonnay with white stonefruit, gunflint and mineral flavours on a firm-textured, linear palate. Match with most white meat dishes over the next 4-5 years. Clone 15 fruit from the ‘Little Beast’ vineyard, hand-picked and WBP, and indigenous yeast fermented in seasoned 500 L puncheons to 13.2% alc., the wine aged in barrel with MLF conversion and bottling in Spring. 17.5+/20 Apr 2017 RRP $40.90

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