Smith & Sheth CRU Heretaunga Chardonnay 2021, Hawke’s Bay

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 17-May-2023
Bright, even, pale straw-yellow. The nose is voluminous with a lifted bouquet packed with citrus, stonefruit, popcorn, roasted almond and flint. Medium-bodied aromas of lemon sherbet and peach flow with crunchy acidity, unveiling subtle layers of popcorn, roasted almond, flint and delicate spice. The mouthfeel is silky with powdery-textured phenolics, and the crisp acidity cleanses and glides with delicate spice and buttery nuances to a long, fresh closing. This Chardonnay has an appealing bouquet, delicate layers and crisp acidity. Match with grilled prawns with pineapple salsa over the next 7+ years. Fruit from Bridge Pa, Omahu and Magatahi vineyards, handpicked, whole bunch pressed, barrique fermented to 14% alc, aged on lees. 19/20 pts (95 pts) May 2023 RRP $40

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