Maori Point Grand Reserve Chardonnay 2021, Central Otago

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Central Otago & Waitaki
Review Date : 20-Dec-2022
Bright, even, pale straw-yellow. The nose is soft and composed, enveloping flint, stonefruit, citrus, floral, minerals, brioche and spice. Medium-full bodied, smooth on the entry, flavour grows on the palate, unfolding yellow plum, peach, citrus peels, fine spice, vanilla, flint and warm brioche. The attractive mouthfeel is slightly oily, adorned by poised, fine-textured phenolics. The sweet fruit shows concentration; lacy acidity provides a seamless drive and carries a lingering finish. This elegant Chardonnay shows harmonious sweet fruit, lacy acidity and poised oak elements. Match with crayfish and quail over the next 8+ years. Handpicked, whole bunch pressed, wild yeast fermented in oak barrels, aged 18 months on lees, unfined, unfiltered. 14.1% alc. 19/20 pts (95 pts) Dec 2022 RRP $54

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