Sherwood Estate ‘Heritage Collection’ ‘Golden Drought’ Waipara Valley Late Harvest Chardonnay 2011

Sweet Wine from New Zealand - Canterbury & Waipara
Review Date : 22-Aug-2016
Full, even, golden-yellow colour with light orange hues and some depth. This has a finely concentrated and firm nose with aromas of ripe citrus fruits, marmalade, exotic tropical fruits, with some volatile lift, unfolding crystallised fruits, nutty oak nuances and suggestions of toffee. Very sweet to taste and light-bodied, the palate has a moderately unctuous and softly concentrated core of ripe citrus and tropical fruits, some lift, marmalade, honey and crystallised fruits. The fruit richness and opulence is balanced by fine textures and fresh, underlying acidity lending a fine, positive line. The wine carries to a long finish of crystallised fruits, honey, nutty oak and toffee nuances. This is a rich, softly concentrated, decadent dessert wine with citrus and tropical fruits, some lift, and fine textural and acid balance. Match with crème caramel, crème brulee and baked desserts over the next 4-5+ years. Heavily botrytised fruit from the ‘Glasnevin’ vineyard, hand-picked and barrel-fermented to 9.5% alc. and 250 g/L RS, TA 9.5 g/L and pH 3.7, the wine aged 9 months on lees in 15% new oak. (375 ml) 18.5/20 Aug 2016 RRP $25.95

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