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Radburnd Chardonnay 2020, Hawke’s Bay

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 06-May-2022
Bright, even, yellow with depth and a hint of green sheen. The nose is softly full, shows elegance and power; aromas of flint, roasted nut layered with spice, underlined citrus and stonefruit. Medium-full bodied, aromas of lemon, pink grapefruit and peach are intense, integrating elegant toasty oak, prickly spice, hazelnut and warm butter. The fruit is concentrated, packed with flavour and purity, beautifully managed oak details enriched and elevated, and elegantly presented in well-proportion. Supple, chalky phenolic adorned a creamy line. Acid tension keeps the wine balanced and lengthens to a lasting, satisfying finish. This irresistible Chardonnay shows elegant and pristine fruit with excellent concentration and weight, harmonious oak details and a lasting lingering. Match with roasted guinea fowl and ginger & scallion crayfish over the next 8-10 years. Fruit sourced from Magatahi and Bridge Pa, majority old vine with 20% first crop, all Mendoza clone. Handpicked, whole bunch pressed, racked to barrel, some portion with full solids, fermented with indigenous and cultured yeasts to 14% alc, some lees stirred, aged in new and one-year-old barriques for approx 10 months. 19+/20 pts (96 pts) May 2022 RRP $85

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