Sacred Hill ‘Wine Thief’ Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2015

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 09-Aug-2016
Bright, light golden-yellow colour with some depth, paler on rim. The nose is full and broad with deep and densely packed aromas of ripe yellow stonefruits melded with layers of creamy barrel-ferment elements and nutty oak, along with firm, flinty lees and reductive mineral complexities. Medium-full bodied, the flavours of citrus, yellow stonefruits and tropical fruits are rich and succulent and harmoniously entwined with creamy barrel-ferment notes, and nutty, toasty oak, and layers of flinty lees and mineral detail. The palate is powerfully presented, but rounded in texture with integrated acidity adding to the breadth. The wine leads to a fulsome, rich and long lingering finish of nuts, toast and flint. This is a fulsome, rich and powerfully succulent Chardonnay with layers of toasty, nutty and flinty complexities. Match with roast pork over the next 4-5+ years. Old vine Mendoza clone from the ‘Riflemans Terraces’, hand-picked, WBP and fully barrel-fermented by indigenous yeasts to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 12 months in approx. 50% new French oak barriques, undergoing batonnage and 100% MLF. 18.5+/20 Aug 2016 RRP $34.99

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