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Silver Heights Family Reserve Chardonnay 2019, Ningxia, China

Chardonnay from Other
Review Date : 20-Oct-2021
Bright, pale yellow with some depth and a slight green hue, lighter on edge. The nose is gentle and calming with elegant barrel aromas of vanilla, butterscotch, candied hazelnuts, unfolding stonefruit and citrus underlay. Medium-bodied, complexing barrel details of butterscotch, vanilla and candied hazelnuts and almonds provides breadth and richness to the vibrant fruit of grapefruit, lemon and stonefruit mix. Lively acid cut through the oak elements, carries delicate spices to linearity. The mouthfeel is smooth with fine-textured phenolics. This poised Chardonnay possesses vibrant citrus fruit and precision, enriched by balanced, caramelised oak details, lends a long, lingering finish. Match with Cantonese crispy fried chicken and chestnut stuffed pork over the next 5-8 years. Handpicked, cool-fermented to 11.5% alc, 2g/l RS, aged in Burgundy barrels for 8 months, 75% new oak. 18.5/20 pts (93 pts) Oct 2021 RRP ¥428

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