Spade Oak ‘Vigneron’ Gisborne Chardonnay 2012

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Gisborn
Review Date : 09-Aug-2013
A barrel selection wine. Rua 1 clone Chardonnay fruit from 14 y.o. vines, with 5% Viognier, WBP and fully barrel-fermented with indigenous yeasts to 12.8% alc., the wine aged 11 months in second fill French oak, undergoing batonnage and 100% MLF. Bright straw-yellow colour with light golden hues, light-edged. The bouquet is tightly bound and elegant with fine, poised and detailed aromas of yellow stonefruits, nuts and flinty minerals that grow in interest. Medium-bodied, tightly concentrated and very refined flavours of stonefruits, nuts, oak and minerals are underlined by real power and drive. This has startling intensity, revealing subtle layers of richness and great depth. The fruit, oak and complex, intricate flavours grow with energy, and are carried along a very fine textural line with fresh, lacy acidity. This has a very long, lingering finish featuring citrus, nuts and cream. This is a classically elegant, but powerful Chardonnay with layers of subtle complexities. Match with roasted white meat dishes over the next 4-6 years. 100 cases made. 19.0/20 Aug 2013 RRP $34.95 Disclaimer: This wine is distributed by ‘Wine2Trade’, the company under which ‘Raymond Chan Wine Reviews’ operates

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