Red Barrel Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2013

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 12-Sep-2015
Bright straw-yellow colour with light golden hues, paler on rim. The nose is softly full with aromas of ripe yellow stonefruits and citrus fruits along with subtle layers of mealy, flinty lees complexities and nutty, creamy barrel-ferment notes. Musky tropical fruit elements emerge with aeration. Medium-full bodied, the flavours of yellow stonefruits and tropical fruits are restrained in expression. The palate is weighty and concentrated, showing positive drive and line, unfolding mealy, flinty notes and nutty, toasty oak. The mouthfeel is creamy in texture, with poised acidity, and a building core of texture which carries through the palate leading to a dry, fine, grainy finish with lingering citrus notes. This is a concentrated and weighty Chardonnay with restrained stonefruit flavours and subtle layers of complexity following a grainy, textural line. It will develop greater richness over the next 5 years. Match with poultry and pork dishes. Hand-picked Chardonnay fruit, Mendoza and clones 15 and 95, WBP and fully fermented by indigenous yeasts initially, in new French oak puncheon to 14.5% alc., the wine aged 11 months in barrel with regular batonnage and MLF. 18.0-/20 Mar 2015 RRP $28.00 Disclaimer: This wine is distributed by ‘Wine2Trade’, the company under which ‘Raymond Chan Wine Reviews’ operates

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