Matahiwi ‘Holly’ Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2015

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 08-Aug-2016
Bright, even straw-yellow colour with green-gold hues, lighter on the rim. This has an elegantly concentrated nose with penetration, precision and finesse of white and yellow stonefruits entwined with citrus fruit detail, and subtle nutty barrel-ferment elements and spicy, aromatic oak. This has freshness and cut. Medium-bodied, the palate is finely concentrated with citrus and white and yellow stonefruit flavours melded with nutty and spicy oak. Nuances of creamy barrel-ferment textures are balanced by crisp and racy acidity lending a slippery mouthfeel. The flavours flow with good energy and tension along a fine phenolic threaded line, leading to a fresh, lively and clear finish with citrus fruit and spicy oak notes. This is an elegant and refined citrussy Chardonnay with spicy oak and a fresh mouthfeel with energy and tension. Serve with seafood and poultry over the next 5+ years. Mendoza and clone 15 fruit from a single site in the Dartmoor Valley, pressed directly to barrel with high solids and fermented to 13.5% alc, approx. 60% by indigenous yeasts, the wine aged 11 months on lees in 35% new French oak, avoiding MLF. 18.0+/20 Aug 2016 RRP $28.99

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