Smith and Sheth ‘CRU’ ‘Howell Vineyard’ Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2016

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 04-Mar-2018
Brilliant lemon-yellow colour with slight golden hues, pale edged. The nose is elegantly proportioned with taut aromas of white stonefruits and subtle citrus fruit notes along with flint and mineral detail entwined with delicate white florals, some nutty oak and smoke nuances. The aromatics are fresh and bright with a mineral and saline edge. Medium-full bodied, the palate has intense and deep flavours of white stonefruits melded with firm gunflint and minerally reductive complexities along with nutty and toasty oak. The fruit richness is enhanced by some rounded barrel-ferment textures, but cut by crisp acidity. The gunflint notes unfold to reveal matchstick notes and toasty oak, and the flavours carry to a very long and sustained finish. This is a deep and concentrated Chardonnay with stonefruit and complexing gunflint flavours with some barrel-ferment richness, nutty and toasty detail and a fresh mouthfeel. Match with grilled and roasted poultry and pork dishes over the next 5-6 years. Hand-picked fruit from the ‘Howell’ vineyard, Bridge Pa Triangle, vines 15-20 y.o., pressed with stems and fully indigenous yeast barrel-fermented with cloudy juice to 13.36% alc., the wine aged 11 months in 67% new French oak barriques, the wine undergoing MLF. 83 dozen made. 19.0/20 Mar 2018 RRP $65.00

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