Palliser Estate Martinborough Chardonnay 2013

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Wairarapa & Wellington
Review Date : 07-Mar-2014
Bright straw-yellow colour with green-gold hues. The bouquet is elegant and attractively layered with aromas of ripe citrus fruits and yellow stonefruits, lifted by oak and subtle nutty, flinty detail. This has depth and concentration that unfolds richness and interest with aeration. Medium-bodied, tightly bound and beautifully refined flavours of sweetly ripe stonefruits are melded with layers of nutty oak and minerally lees work. The barrel-fermentation provides a creaminess and richness of texture which is balanced by fresh, ripe acidity. The palate flows with energy and a fine textural line to a long, nuanced finish with citrus fruit and nutty elements. This is a beautifully elegant and refined Chardonnay with subtly rich fruit and layers of oak and minerally detail. Serve with poultry, pork and veal over the next 5-6 years. 82% clone 15 from 8 y.o. vines and 18% Mendoza from 25 y.o. vines, fully barrel-fermented with light solids, 69% by wild yeasts to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 9 months in 30% new oak barriques, the wine undergoing batonnage and 69% MLF. 18.5+/20 Mar 2014 RRP $39.00

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