Pegasus Bay Reserve Virtuoso Chardonnay 2019, North Canterbury

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Canterbury & Waipara
Review Date : 29-Mar-2022
Bright, pale yellow with a gold hue, even colour throughout. This has a full and compelling bouquet with softened aromas of roasted cashew, acacia, black sesame, flint and spice, interwoven stonefruit and grapefruit. The wine is full-bodied with softness and elegance; aromas of nectarines, apple and grapefruit entwined with roasted cashew, black sesame, flint, acacia and delicate spice. The wine is integrated harmoniously, with softened nutty aromas and flint added strength and maturity; lacy acidity brought energy and freshness to the multi-layered palate. This Chardonnay is harmonious with a complex range of flavours, balance and strength. Match with hazelnut-crusted grouper and crayfish Thermidor over the next 6-8 years. Handpicked, foot-trotted, the non-clarified juice fermented in large French oak barrels (puncheons), 40% new oak, wild fermented to 13.5% alc, aged in puncheons on lees for 12 months, underwent MLF. 19/20 pts (95 pts) Mar 2022 RRP $65

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