Riverby Estate Marlborough Chardonnay 2012

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Marlborough
Review Date : 02-Apr-2015
Fruit from ungrafted Mendoza vines from the ‘Riverby’ vineyard, planted in 1989, barrel-fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 11 months in approx. 25% new French oak, the wine undergoing batonnage and around 50% MLF. Bright, golden-yellow colour with lemon-green hues. This has a full and softly packed bouquet of white stonefruits and chalky minerals complexed by layers of nutty barrel-ferment and mealy lees elements, smoky, toasty oak and oxidative nuances. The aromatic build in depth and concentration with aeration. Medium-full bodied, fulsome and bold flavours of ripe yellow stonefruits and citrus fruits form a complex amalgam with mealy and nutty oak, and toasty and buttery layers that unfold in waves. The palate has concentration and plenty of dry texture and underlying power, with good acidity and cut for freshness. The extract, body and grip carries through to a strong, robust and linear finish. This is a concentrated and powerful Chardonnay with plenty of structure and complex flavours of citrus fruits, nuts and toasty oak. Serve with roasted pork dishes over the next 4-5 years. 18.0/20 Mar 2015 RRP $25.00

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