Plume by Lake Chalice Chardonnay 2016, Marlborough

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Marlborough
Review Date : 27-Aug-2020
Bright, medium straw-yellow with a slight green hue, even throughout. The bouquet is softly full and powerful; tightly bound with lemon, stonefruit, entwined with aromas of hazelnuts, popcorn, whipped butter, delicate spices and flint. Medium-full bodied, the palate is lively with aromas of lemon sherbet, apricot, flows with taut acidity; unveiling hazelnuts, roasted popcorns along a fine chalky phenolic line, provides texture. Oak spices possess the finishing line, prickly and lifted, lends a long bright finish. The lively acid tension supports the fruit, presents elegantly, smooth-flowing on a fine flinty phenolic line with a luscious creamy flow. This is an elegantly structured Chardonnay with flavours of lemon, stonefruit; secondary toasty, nutty detail, with taut acid on a chalky phenolic line. Match with grilled crayfish and seafood chowder over the next 5-8 years. Fruit from Lower Waihopai Valley. Handpicked, whole bunch press. Fermented in barrels to 13% alc, wild MLF, battonage, aged for 10 months. Further aged in bottle for 40 months approx. 19/20 pts Aug 2020 RRP $49.99

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