Paddy Borthwick Wairarapa Chardonnay 2016

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Wairarapa & Wellington
Review Date : 29-Mar-2017
Bright straw-yellow colour with lemon-green hues, pale edged. This has a very fine and elegantly proportioned nose with good depth and intensity of aromatic citrus fruit interwoven with spicy, nutty oak and subtle hints of creamy barrel-ferment, complex notes of flint, and nuances of lemon-curd MLF. Medium-bodied, the palate is finely concentrated with a tight core of fresh citrus fruit melded with fine, spicy and creamy oak, and subtle notes of flint and MLF lemon-curd. The wine has a fresh mouthfeel with bright, enlivening acidity and the wine follows a fine-textured line leading to a light, lingering finish of citrus fruits and flinty lees. This is an elegantly concentrated and fine-textured Chardonnay with citrus fruit complexed by nutty oak and subtle notes of flint and MLF. Match with seafood, poultry and pork over the next 4-5 years. Clones 548, 809, 95 and 2/23 from the ‘Borthwick’ vineyard, vines 5 y.o., indigenous yeast hot-fermented in barrel to 12.5% alc., the wine aged 8 months in 20% new oak with MLF conversion. 18.0/20 Mar 2017 RRP $26.00

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