Petane Station Esk Valley Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2017

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 24-Mar-2018
Bright straw-yellow colour with some depth, lighter on the rim. This has a finely presented nose with tightly bound aromas of white and yellow stonefruit melded with complex nutty oak and subtle creamy barrel-ferment elements, and some oxidative detail adding interest. The nose unveils spicy oak and shows with a fresh, firm and youthful steeliness. Medium-bodied, the palate is tightly concentrated with flavours of white stonefruits intermingling with creamy barrel-ferment and nutty oak, with hints of oxidative complexities. The fruit forms a good core and flows along a very fine-textured line with balanced acid freshness, carrying to a light, nuanced finish. This is a tightly bound Chardonnay with complex flavours of stonefruits, nutty oak and oxidative detail on a fine-textured palate. Match with grilled and roasted pork over the next 4+ years. Equal proportions of clones 548 and 95, the wine fully barrel-fermented to 13.15% alc., the wine aged 8 months in 20% new oak, the wine undergoing batonnage and partial MLF. 18.0/20 Mar 2018 RRP $30.00

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