Sacred Hill ‘Riflemans’ Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2015

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 09-Aug-2016
Bright yellow colour with pale golden hues and some depth, lighter edged. This has a beautifully refined youthfully fresh nose with firm and tightly bound aromas of citrus fruits along with exotic tropical fruit and floral elements, entwined with elegant mealy, nutty, creamy barrel-ferment and fragrant oak notes, and flinty nuances providing interest and detail. Medium-full bodied, the palate features a very finely proportioned structure with a tight and subtly concentrated, intense core of citrus and white stonefruits, exotic floral and tropical fruit elements and harmoniously balanced, mealy, nutty oak. The mouthfeel is very smooth-textured and enlivened by refreshing acidity and the wine flows seamlessly unfolding spice and mineral nuances. The finish is very long and sustained, with a balance of succulence and fine textures. This is a beautifully elegant, fresh and refined Chardonnay with subtle richness and layers of exotic complexities. Serve with seafood, poultry and pork over the next 6+ years. Old vine Mendoza clone from the ‘Riflemans Terraces’, hand-picked, WBP and indigenous yeast barrel-fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 12 months in 80% new French oak with some batonnage and 100% MLF. 19.5-/20 Aug 2016 RRP $74.99

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