Rod McDonald ‘Trademark’ Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2015

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 20-Jul-2016
Bright, light straw-yellow colour with pale green-golden hues, lighter on the edge. The nose is powerfully concentrated with intensely packed aromatic amalgam of white and yellow stonefruits entwined with subtle citrus fruit notes, melded with layer of nutty and creamy oak, unfolding complexing gunflint and mineral waves, with toasty detail. This has a tight and deep core that builds with aeration. Medium-bodied, the palate is elegantly and stylishly rich and luscious with flavours of white and yellow stonefruits intermingling with citrus fruit detail, along with creamy and nutty barrel-ferment layers. Waves of gunflint and mineral complexities unfold from the concentrated core. The mouthfeel is bright and lively with fresh acidity, and complemented by underlying power and drive. The wine follows a fine line and phenolic thread that leads to a very long, lingering finish of stonefruits, gunflint, minerals and smoky, toasty oak. This is a stylishly rich and concentrated, complex Chardonnay with stonefruit, nutty and gunflint flavours and a fresh, fine-textured line. Match with rich seafood, pork and veal dishes over the next 6+ years. Equal parts clone 15 and 95 from the ‘Two Gates’ vineyard, Maraekakaho, fully barrel-fermented with full solids by indigenous yeasts to 13.0% alc., the wine aged in French oak, 70% new with a little batonnage and approx. 30% MLF. 19.5-/20 Jul 2016 RRP $60.00

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