Spade Oak ‘Voysey’ Gisborne Chardonnay 2013

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Gisborn
Review Date : 19-Mar-2014
Bright, even, light golden-hued straw-yellow colour. This has an elegant ant tightly bound nose of fresh and clean citrus fruits along with some butterscotch MLF notes. The oaking is very subtle, providing some nutty detail. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, light and restrained citrus and stonefruit flavours are entwined with some butterscotch MLF, forming a mellow, smooth-flowing mouthfeel. Fresh, lacy acidity provides some cut and linearity, with good drive. Flavours of ripe stonefruits and nuts with some flinty elements emerge and lead to a finish with MLF butterscotch nuances. This is an elegant, tightly bound and smooth Chardonnay with stonefruit and butterscotch flavours. Serve with poultry and pork over the next 3-4 years. 40% Mendoza, 35% clone 15, 10% each Rua 1 and clone 95, with 5% Viognier. Fruit from 85% ‘Leaderbrand’ vineyards and 15% Spade Oak’, 20% barrel-fermented to 13.5% alc. and 4.7 g/L RS, with 20% of the wine aged in oak, the remainder in tank given 20% new wood equivalence. The wine saw 8 months on lees with 80% MLF. 17.0+/20 Mar 2014 RRP $19.95 Disclaimer: This wine is distributed by ‘Wine2Trade’, the company under which ‘Raymond Chan Wine Reviews’ operates

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