Palliser Estate Martinborough Chardonnay 2011

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Wairarapa & Wellington
Review Date : 08-Aug-2012
Brilliant straw-yellow colour with pale golden hues, light on edge. The nose is full and voluminous with ripe stonefruit and citrus aromas, finely concentrated, revealing layers of flinty lees and buttery MLF elements. Medium-full bodied, soft flavours of grapefruit and butterscotch gently fill the mouth, with complexing notes of flint, nutty oak and butter in the background. Fine, lacy acidity and a fine textural thread are counterpoised by barrel-ferment creaminess. This has an elegant concentration and depth that carries through to a very sustained finish with citrus fruit flavours, This gently mouthfilling Chardonnay has complexing layers of flavour and is elegant and lively in expression. Match with seafood, poultry and pork over the next 3-5 years. 85% clone 95 and 15% Mendoza fruit, fully barrel-fermented, half with indigenous yeasts to 13.0% alc., the wine aged 11 months in oak on lees, stirred only once, with 32% undergoing MLF. 18.5-/20 Aug 2012 RRP $30.00

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