Rapaura Springs Reserve Chardonnay 2020, Marlborough

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Marlborough
Review Date : 04-May-2021
Brilliant, pale straw-yellow, even colour throughout. The nose is enticing and mealy, nuances of buttery pastry layer intermix crunchy mineral, stonefruit and a touch of barrel spices. Medium-full bodied, rounded mouthfeel carries buttery pastry, stonefruit, melon with intensity, unfolding vanilla, barrel spices and stony mineral details. The palate is clean with fruit's purity and crisp acidity. Chalky phenolic texture and soft butter added mouthfeel. Subtle spices linger with melon fruit to a sustained, refined finish. This is a harmonious, generous Chardonnay with fruit intensity and elegant secondary details on a fine-textured palate. Match with roasted chicken and grilled seafood over the next 4-5 years. Fermented in a combination of French oak barriques and puncheons to 13.5% alc, with 20% new oak. Full MLF. 18.5+/20 pts (94 pts) May 2021 RRP $18.99

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