SOHO ‘Carter’ Waiheke Island Chardonnay 2015

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Northland & Auckland
Review Date : 07-Jul-2016
Bright, very pale straw-yellow colour with green hues, pale on the rim. The nose is full and broad with aromas of ripe white and yellow stonefruits harmoniously layered with nutty and minerally lees elements, unveiling subtle notes of oak toast, citrussy, mealy and flinty detail. The nose grows in depth and weight with aeration. Medium-bodied, the palate is taut and tightly bound with a deep and rounded core of savoury yellow stonefruit flavours layered by complexing nutty lees. Integrated, lacy acidity provides underlying energy and there is some alcoholic power providing drive. Nutty and toasty oak interest unfolds as the wine carries to a concentrated and sustained finish of substance. This Chardonnay features a firmly concentrated core of yellow stonefruits and a complex layering of nutty lees and oak detail. Match with roasted and grilled white meat dishes. Hand-picked fruit from the SOHO ‘Jomara’ vineyard, Onetangi, fully barrel-fermented to 13.1% alc., the wine aged 10 months -n 28% new French oak barriques, undergoing extensive batonnage and partial MLF. 18.5/20 Jul 2016 RRP $38.00

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