Squawking Magpie Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2008

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 25-Aug-2011
Fruit from 10 y.o. vines, the wine fully barrel-fermented to 13.75% alc., the wine was aged 12 months in 30% new oak, with 50% MLF. Brilliant straw-yellow colour with lemon-gold hues and a pale edge. This has a full, powerful and bold nose of ripe citrus and melon-like fruit with mealy, nutty notes and sweet oak vanillins in an oxidative style. Dry, full, solid and densely presented, this has full flavours of ripe citrus fruits, mealy-nutty oxidative elements, with savoury toasty oak. The palate is warm and firmly constructed, and good acidity carries the complex, nutty, citrus amalgam to a sustained finish, with soft, mellow nuances. Match this robust and traditional Chardonnay with hearty poultry and pork dishes and with hard cheeses over the next 4-5 years. 17.5/20 Aug 2011 RRP $37.95

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