Pencarrow Martinborough Chardonnay 2014

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Wairarapa & Wellington
Review Date : 19-Jan-2015
Fruit from the ‘Om Santi’ and ‘Palliser’ vineyards, barrel fermented with 36% by indigenous yeasts to 13.7% alc., the wine aged 7 months in 70% French and 30% American oak, approx. 7% new, undergoing batonnage once and partial MLF. Bright, light straw-yellow colour with light golden hues, very pale on rim. This has a fresh, focussed nose with bright, ripe citrus fruit and yellow stonefruit aromas infused with soft layers of lifted, creamy barrel-ferment elements, vanilla, coconut and toasty oak. Medium-full bodied, flavours of fresh citrus and stonefruits form a firm and intense core, unfolding sweet vanilla and oak notes. The palate is creamy from the barrel-ferment, but is balanced by steely, refreshing acidity and a dry phenolic, grainy texture. The lively structure of the wine and the grip leads to a dry finish with vanilla, citrus and oaky nuances. This is a lively and bright Chardonnay with plenty of sweet oak and balancing dry textures. Match with poultry, pork and veal over the next 3-4 years. 17.5/20 Jan 2015 RRP $20.65

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