Monowai ‘Upper Reaches’ Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2015

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 20-Sep-2017
Bright, even straw-yellow colour with light golden hues and some depth, paler edged. The nose is firm in concentration with good volume and depth of ripe yellow stonefruits and citrus fruit melded with subtle creamy barrel-ferment and nutty notes, along with rich lemon-curd and butterscotch MLF. Medium-full bodied, the palate has rich, full and deep flavours of citrus and stonefruit, intermingling with subtle creamy barrel-ferment and nutty oak, and lemon-curd and buttery MLF. The palate has a rounded and deep core, and the flavours flow with good acid energy to a lingering finish of stonefruits, nuts and butterscotch. This is a rich, well-flavoured Chardonnay with citrus and stonefruit flavours, creamy and nutty oak and an up-front MLF layering of butterscotch. Match with roast pork over the next 3-4 years. A barrel selection wine. Clone 15 fruit from the ‘Monowai’ vineyard, vines 15 y.o., fully barrel-fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 12 months in 60% new oak, undergoing batonnage and 100% MLF. 150 dozen made. 17.5-/20 Sep 2017 RRP $35.00

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