Smith and Sheth ‘CRU’ Heretaunga Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2016

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 04-Mar-2018
Bright, light golden-yellow colour with some depth, a little lighter on the edge. The nose is firmly concentrated and penetrating with up-front aromas of white stonefruits and citrus fruit entwined with bold aromas of gunflint sulphide reductive complexities along with nutty oak and mineral elements. The aromatics fill the nose unfolding toasty oak. Full-bodied, the palate has bright and vibrant flavours of white stonefruits and citrus fruit forming a taut core. The fruit intermingles with refined gunflint reduction and nutty oak complexities. The mouthfeel is smooth-flowing and slippery, and energised by fresh, lacy acidity. The palate has an elegantly proportioned line with drive and tension that carries to a long, crisp finish. Full and concentrated on the nose, this is a taut but vibrant and fine-flowing Chardonnay with stonefruit, gunflint and nutty flavours on a crisp palate. Serve with seafood and poultry over the next 5 years. Hand-picked fruit from the Bridge Pa Triangle, vines 15-20 y.o., pressed with stems and fully barrel-fermented with cloudy juice, partially by indigenous yeasts to 13.3% alc., the wine aged 11 months on lees in 40% new French oak barriques, the wine undergoing MLF. 192 dozen made. 18.5+/20 Mar 2018 RRP $40.00

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