Neck Of The Woods Chardonnay 2020, Central Otago

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Central Otago & Waitaki
Review Date : 23-Apr-2022
Bright, even, pale yellow with a light green hue. The nose is soft with a herbaceous expression of lemon balm, verbena, oyster shell on the entry, interweave citrus, stonefruit and creamy lees. Medium-bodied, aromas of lemon and apricot have a taut core; searing acidity carries prickly spice, lemon balm and vanilla. Creaminess merged with the taut acid tension, unfolding grapefruit and almond notes, lingering to a long finish. A good kick of spicy oak and vanilla added interest and depth. This youthful and charming Chardonnay possesses a firm citrus core, nutty and spicy oak details directed by acid tension to a long finish. Match with smoked trout and pork loin over the next 4-6 years. Fermented to 14% alc. Fruit sourced from the Van der Mark vineyard on China Terrace in Bendigo, clones 408, Medoza and 809, handpicked, whole bunch pressed, fermented in French oak barriques, 20% new oak, aged for 9 months, minimal stirring. 18.5/20 pts (93 pts) Apr 2022 RRP $34

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