Squawking Magpie ‘Counting Crows’ Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2015

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 14-Aug-2016
Bright straw-yellow colour, paler on the rim. The nose is initially reserved and tightly bound, but unfolds to show an elegantly concentrated and layered core with aromas of ripe stonefruits and citrus fruits along with nuances of creamy, nutty barrel-ferment elements and a suggestion of flinty detail. This has richness and is balanced and well-integrated in presentation. Medium-bodied, the palate has a stylishly restrained, but rich and luscious heart, with elegant flavours of ripe citrus fruit with tropical fruit elements, along with creamy-textured barrel-ferment and nutty oak, complexed by flinty detail. The palate flows smoothly with acid freshness, linearity and subtle power, carrying to a soft, lingering, creamy, nutty finish. This is an elegantly restrained Chardonnay with subtle layers of rich citrus fruit, creamy and nutty oak, and a smooth flow. Serve with poultry and pork over the next 4-5 years. Clone 95 fruit from a single Dartmoor site, fully barrel-fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 15 months in 40% new French oak with 100% MLF. 18.0+/20 Aug 2016 RRP $33.95

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