Paritua Chardonnay 2018, Hawke’s Bay

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 18-Jun-2020
Bright, medium yellow with a golden hue, even throughout. The nose is gentle and reserved, subtle fruit aromas of stonefruit; along with delicate floral, almonds, lemon syrup cake and a light dusting of spices. Medium-full bodied, exhibits flavours of stonefruit, grapefruit pith, lemon curd, and tropical pineapple notes. The palate is round, buttery entwined with toasted almonds and oak spices, the oak element also provides some phenolic grip. Acidity is lively on a pineapple tone, balanced with the butteriness and leads the wine to a focused linearity finish. The is a well-structured Chardonnay on a lush and creamy palate, and taut acidity drives the wine to a linear finish. Match with chicken in milk and semi-hard nutty cheese over the next 4-6 years. Basket-pressed fruit, fermented in barrels to 13.5% alc. Battonage and on lees in barrels for 11 months, 40% new oak. Approx 25% MLF. 18.5/20 pts June 2020 RRP $35

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