Pegasus Bay Waipara Valley North Canterbury Chardonnay 2016

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Canterbury & Waipara
Review Date : 21-May-2018
Bright, light golden-yellow colour with some depth and lighter lemon hues on the rim. The nose is softly full with broad and voluminous aromas of ripe, savoury yellow stonefruits and citrus fruit along with complex nutty lees and oak notes. The aromas form a deep and densely packed core with a layer of mealy-nutty and flinty-mineral elements. Medium-full bodied, the palate has a rich heart of sweetly ripe yellow stonefruits and citrus fruit entwined with a complex layer of nutty lees and oak with mealy elements. The fruit is enlivened by fresh, lacy acidity which balances a rich, near unctuous core with barrel-ferment creaminess. The flavours are detailed and the wine possesses underlying power carrying the palate to a very long finish. This is a rich and luscious Chardonnay with stonefruit and citrus fruit complexed by mealy and nutty elements with excellent acid balance. Match with roasted and grilled seafood, poultry and pork over the next 4-5+ years. Fruit from ungrafted vines, over 30 y.o., hand-picked and 60-70% WBP, indigenous yeast fermented in puncheons to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 12 months on lees in 30% new oak, undergoing MLF. 19.0-/20 May 2018 RRP $42.00

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