Radburnd Chardonnay 2018, Hawke’s Bay

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 11-Jan-2021
Brilliant yellow with a golden and slight green hue, even colour throughout. The nose is elegantly full, growing with intensity, nuances of peaches, lemon flesh, honeydew melon interweave well-proportioned gunflint and toasted almonds. Medium-full bodied, the aroma of peaches, pink grapefruit, preserved citrus peels have positive ripeness, unfolding nougat, roasted almonds and amalgam spices linger to a long, sustained, elegant finish. The palate has a fluidity that's alluring; feathery light creaminess flows with seamless, well-integrated acidity, with focus and tension yet poise and graceful. A hint of phenolic carries positive citrus peels bitterness along with almond skins, added interest and complexity. This is a well-crafted, elegant Chardonnay with an alluring and seamless flow, ready to be consumed or ageing. Match with crayfish and sea urchin over the next 6+ years. Old vines Mendoza Chardonnay from two sites, Mangatahi and Bridge Pa, whole bunch pressed then racked to French oak barrels. Fermented in a combination of 500L puncheons and 225L barriques to 13% alc, regular lees stir post-fermentation and full MLF. Matured in barrels for 9 months. 19/20 pts (95 pts) Jan 2021 RRP $85 

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