Sacred Hill ‘HALO’ Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2013

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 12-Jun-2014
Fruit from the ‘Riflemans Terraces’ vineyard, barrel-fermented to 13.0% alc., and aged in French oak puncheons and barriques, the wine undergoing batonnage. Even straw-yellow colour with pale golden hues, lighter on rim. This has a fulsome and solidly concentrated nose with an amalgam of ripe stonefruits, mealy, nutty oak with toasty layers, creamy and buttery barrel-ferment and MLF notes that open in volume with aeration. Medium-full bodied, soft, lusciously rich and up-front flavours of citrus fruits are interwoven with mealiness, butter and cream, the sweetness and roundness filling the mouth. The palate has good depth and breadth, as the layers of interest bloom. The flavours flow smoothly with soft acid poise and energy carrying the wine to a lacy, seamless, lingering finish. This is a rich and luscious Chardonnay with an array of up-front and bold flavours of ripe fruit, oak and butter. Match with roasted poultry and pork over the next 4+ years. 18.5/20 Jun 2014 RRP $27.99

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