Sacred Hill ‘Virgin’ Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2011

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 31-Jul-2014
Full straw colour, with depth and density of elegantly concentrated white stonefruits with a layering of savoury nutty elements. Distinctly dry, savoury white and yellow stonefruits are complexed by nutty, flinty notes. Still tightly bound, but with depth, presence and increasing palate weight as the wine flows. Thirst quenching acidity, tempered by a softening phenolic line. This is developing with style, and will continue to do so. 18.5/20 Jul 2014 RRP $N/A Clone 15 and Mendoza fruit from the ‘Riflemans Terraces' vineyard, hand-picked and WBP, then cool-fermented in stainless-steel to 12.0% alc. and 2.51 g/L rs. The wine was given lees contact. Bright straw-yellow with lemon-green hues, pale on rim. This has a very fine nose of white stonefruits, pristine and pure, quite delicately expressed, with subtle nuances of citrus fruit and flinty lees unfolding in the glass. Dry and elegantly proportioned, this has vitality, with poised and piquant citrus fruit flavours enlivened by racy acidity. Texturally very fine, there is a near seamlessness and a detailed line through the palate to a lacy, long mineral-infused finish. This is a lively and detailed unoaked Chardonnay of finesse and purity. Match with shellfish over the next 3-4+ years. 18.5/20 Feb 2012 RRP $29.95

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