Mills Reef ‘Reserve’ Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2017

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 06-Mar-2018
Bright, light golden-hued straw-yellow colour, paler on the rim. The nose is elegantly proportioned with finely concentrated aromas of ripe yellow stonefruits with subtle, savoury citrus fruit, along with taut, nutty oak notes. This is fresh and lively and youthful in presentation. Medium-bodied, the palate has lively and vibrant fruit flavours of yellow stonefruits, savoury citrus fruits and soft notes of creamy barrel-ferment and nutty oak. along with a little lemon-curd MLF, unfolding spice nuances. The flavours form a concentrated core with subtle textures and bright acidity providing energy. The wine carries to a long and sustained finish. This Chardonnay has restrained flavours initially, but grows positively to show stonefruit, citrus fruit and nutty oak on a bright, fine-textured palate. Match with grilled and roasted white meat dishes over the next 4+ years. Fruit from the Bridge Pa, Meeanee and Gimblett Gravels districts, barrel-fermented to 13.0% alc., the wine aged 7 months in 75% French, 20% American and 5% Hungarian oak, of which 27% was new, undergoing batonnage and 16% MLF. 18.0/20 Mar 2018 RRP $24.95

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