On Giants’ Shoulders Martinborough Chardonnay 2016

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Wairarapa & Wellington
Review Date : 23-Feb-2018
Brilliant light golden-yellow colour, paler on the edge. The nose has rich, ripe aromas of yellow stonefruits and citrus fruit with tropical fruit notes, harmoniously melded with creamy barrel-ferment and nutty oak elements, along with a little lemon-curd MLF. The nose possesses depth and a soft density. Medium-bodied, the palate has good intensity and concentration of ripe yellow stonefruit and citrus fruit flavours entwined with creamy barrel-ferment and nutty oak notes. The palate is fine-textured and smooth-flowing with fresh acidity and some underlying power providing good linearity. Some lemon-curd MLF emerges as the wine carries to a dry, light-textured finish. This is an elegantly concentrated, rich citrus-fruited Chardonnay with complexing barrel-ferment and nutty oak on a fine-textured palate with good energy and linearity. Match with roast pork over the next 4-5 years. Clone 95 Chardonnay fruit from vines planted in 1999, hand-picked and sorted, WBP and indigenous yeast barrel-fermented to 13.0% alc., the wine aged 10 months on lees in a mixture of oak, including a new puncheon, seasoned hogsheads and new and seasoned barriques, the new oak approx. 25%, and with partial MLF. 208 dozen made. 18.5-/20 Oct 2017 RRP $40.00

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