Sacred Hill ‘Riflemans’ Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2016

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 04-Jul-2017
Bright, pale golden-hued yellow colour with lemon-green tints. The nose is very elegant in presentation with a rich and concentrated core of ripe yellow stonefruits and aromatic citrus fruit, unfolding mealy and nutty detail, interwoven harmoniously with spicy and toasty oak nuances. This has great finesse and intensity, building in penetration with aeration. Medium-bodied, the palate has elegant, but penetrating and intensely concentrated flavours of citrus and yellow stonefruits melded harmoniously with layers of creamy barrel-ferment and nutty, toasty oak, the flavours discreetly mouthfilling. The mouthfeel fresh and taut with the concentrated, near exotic fruit the feature, and the palate is enlivened by fresh, lacy acidity, with underlying power and drive. The wine carries to a very long and sustained, concentrated finish of poise and finesse. This is a beautifully refined and poised Chardonnay with great concentration of fruit and layers of fine oak on an intense and vibrant palate with great length. This is superb. Match with seafood, poultry and pork over the next 5-6 years. First made in 1995. Hand-picked Mendoza clone fruit, own rooted and 26 y.o., from the ‘Riflemans’ vineyard, Dartmoor Valley, WBP and indigenous yeast barrel-fermented to 13.0% alc., the wine aged 12 months in 80% new French oak barriques, undergoing 100% MLF. 707 dozen made. 19.5/20 Jul 2017 RRP $69.99

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