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Paritua Willow Chardonnay 2021, Hawke’s Bay

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Northland & Auckland
Review Date : 16-Jun-2022
Bright, even, pale yellow with a green undertone. The nose is full, with an immediate appeal, aromas of struck match, roasted hazelnut interweave warm butter with a stonefruit and citrus underlay. Medium-full bodied, aromas of Meyer lemon and ripe stonefruit melded with a suggestion of mango, spice and invigorating acid attack, unfolding rich, toasty hazelnut, flint and creamy goodness. The mouthfeel possesses minerals and fine-textured phenolics, haul along with tangy acidity. Spice elevated the finish to a long, satisfying finish. This is an opulent, well-crafted Chardonnay with layers, sequence, and an extended, moreish finish and excellent ageing potential. Match with crayfish and white meat over the next 10 years. Fruit from Paritua Vineyard block, clone 15, whole bunch pressed, free-run juice fermented in barrel to 13.5% alc, less stirred and aged on lees for 12 months, 40% new oak, underwent 50% MLFF. 19/20 pts (95 pts) June 2022 RRP $39.99

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