Ryan Nelsen Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2011

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 15-Oct-2012
Full, bright straw-yellow colour with slight golden hues. The bouquet is elegantly proportioned and very tightly bound with citrus fruit aromas, detailed nutty notes and steely, flinty elements. Oaking is very well-balanced and unobtrusive, adding subtle richness. Medium-full bodied, an array of flavours from ripe citrus fruits and mealy, nutty notes unfold to show savoury, nutty and creamy, buttery complexities on palate. There is good depth and concentration, and fine lacy acidity is present, providing excellent youthful tension and energy. The flavours have drive and lead to an aromatic, lifted, stonefruit and nutty finish. This is a fine, tightly bound Chardonnay with youthful subtlety. Match with seafood, poultry and pork over the next 4-5 years. Hand-picked Mendoza clone from 20 y.o. vines planted in the coastal Hawke's Bay region, WBP and fully barrel-fermented to 13.5% alc., partially with indigenous yeasts, the wine aged 12 months in 30% new oak, with 30% MLF. 100 cases made. 17.5+/20 Oct 2012 RRP $25.99

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