Osawa ‘Winemaker’s Collection’ Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2010

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 22-Nov-2012
Fruit hand-picked, WBP and fully barrel-fermented with wild yeasts to 14.5% alc., the wine aged 10 months in 80% new French oak barrels, the wine undergoing batonnage over 8 months. Bright straw-yellow colour with light golden hues, pale on rim. The bouquet is powerful and tightly packed with aromas of ripe grapefruit allied to very powerful nutty oak, with lees and creamy elements. Dry and very full-bodied, the flavours are initially shy and restrained, showing an integrated amalgam of ripe yellow stonefruits and citrus fruit with nuts and oak spices. The palate has a concentrated core and rounded, creamy mouthfeel, with some alcohol warmth noticeable. The acidity is discreet, but provides a subtle tension, The finish blossoms with expansive and very long and sustained flavours of toast and grilled nuts from the oak. This is a very powerful, nutty flavoured, mouthfilling Chardonnay. Serve with roasted poultry and pork over the next 4-5+ years. 19.0-/20 Nov 2012 RRP $TBA

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