Oak Estate 1000 Vines Reserve Chardonnay 2018, Hawke’s Bay

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 18-Jun-2020
Bright, medium yellow with a golden hue, lighter on the rim. The nose is voluminous and well-concentrated with barrel-fermented elements, flavours of toast, nuts and butter melded with tropical and citrus fruit, unfolding nuances of oak spices. Full-bodied, dry to taste, flavours of tropical fruit, citrus fruit and peels entwined with nougat and spices. The palate is broad and round, filled with creamy and buttery richness; fresh acidity balanced out the weight. There is a subtle layer of phenolic texture added interest. This is a lusciously rich Chardonnay, carries flavours of tropical fruit, citrus peels, toasty oak and butteriness. Match with roasted pork and chicken over the next 3-5 years. Clone 15, handpicked fruit, whole bunch pressed, barrel-fermented to 13.5% alc. French oak, 50% new. 18/20 pts June 2020 RRP $45

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