Spade Oak ‘Vigneron’ Gisborne Chardonnay 2015

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Gisborn
Review Date : 23-Apr-2017
Even, light golden colour with some depth, lighter on the rim. This has a full,soft and gently harmonious nose with aromas of fresh white and yellow stonefruits along with nutty oak and integrated barrel-ferment creamy elements. This builds in intensity with aeration, but retains elegance. Medium-bodied, the flavours of white and yellow stonefruits show with restraint, unfolding subtle layers of nutty oak and creamy MLF detail. The mouthfeel is very fine in texture with balanced acidity lending poise. This has a smooth, driven core and line, and the wine carries to a sustained, elegant finish with subtle complexing detail. This is an elegant and restrained Chardonnay with subtle complexing detail on a fine-featured, refreshing palate. This will develop more richness and deeper flavour over the next 4+ years. Mendoza clone fruit from the ‘Ashwood’ estate, fully indigenous yeast barrel-fermented with high solids to 13.0% alc., the wine aged 10 months in 25% new oak, undergoing batonnage and 100% MLF. 18.0/20 Apr 2017 RRP $34.95 Bright, light golden colour, paler edged. This has a fresh nose with moderately full, voluminous, vibrantly ripe fruit aromas of white stonefruits and citrus fruits entwined with creamy and nutty barrel-ferment and oak notes, mealy complexities, and subtle, fragrant nuances of lemon-curd and buttery MLF detail. Medium-bodied, the palate features gently rich and succulent flavours of white stonefruits and citrus fruits melded with nutty and creamy oak along with toasty nuances and lemon-curd and buttery MLF elements. The mouthfeel is soft and exudes richness, and flows with good underlying acidity, unfolding layers of creamy, mealy and nutty detail, carrying to a long, lingering stonefruited and nutty finish. This is an elegantly rich and succulent, detailed Chardonnay with subtle layers of mealy, nutty and creamy complexities. Match with poultry, pork and veal over the next 5 years. Mendoza clone fruit from the ‘Ashwood’ estate, fully indigenous yeast barrel-fermented with high solids to 13.0% alc., the wine aged 10 months in 25% new oak, undergoing batonnage and 100% MLF. 18.5-/20 Apr 2016 RRP $34.95 Disclaimer: This wine is distributed by ‘Wine2Trade’, the company under which ‘Raymond Chan Wine Reviews’ operates

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