Sacred Hill ‘Wine Thief’ Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2016

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 04-Jul-2017
Bright, light golden-yellow colour with some depth, paler on the rim. The nose is gently full and voluminous with a concentrated core of ripe yellow stonefruits with mealy notes, along with plenty of sweet, aromatic, spicy and nutty oak unfolding toasty elements. A minerally edge emerges with aeration.. Medium-bodied, the palate has rich and vibrant fruit flavours of yellow stonefruits and citrus fruit, along with an amalgam of mealy notes, entwined with sweet, spicy, toasty oak. The palate has power and richness, and is up-front in fruit and oak expression. Fresh acidity lends the mouthfeel plenty of vitality, and the wine carries to a very long, lingering finish of ripe citrus fruit, and nutty, toasty oak. This is a rich, vibrant, mouthfilling Chardonnay with ripe citrus fruits and plenty of toasty oak and underlying power. Match with roasted pork over the next 4 years. First made in 2004. Hand-picked Mendoza fruit, vines 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 50% French oak barriques with 100% MLF. 297 dozen made. 18.5+/20 Jul 2017 RRP $34.99

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