Squawking Magpie ‘The Gravels’ Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2016

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 27-Aug-2017
Bright, even straw-yellow colour, a little lighter on the rim. The nose is fresh and tightly bound, with elegantly concentrated, bright citrus fruit and stonefruit aromas. The fruit is fresh and youthful, with fine, firm nutty oak notes and a little creaminess of barrel ferment emerging in the glass. Medium-bodied, the palate is youthful and taut with a finely concentrated core of fresh citrus fruit and white and yellow stonefruits. Flavours of spicy, nutty oak emerge along with subtle creamy barrel-ferment elements. The mouthfeel is crisp and tight with brisk acidity and light phenolic textures providing grip and linearity. The wine carries the concentrated core to a firm, lingering, citrussy finish with some grip. This is a youthfully taut and finely concentrated Chardonnay with vibrant citrussy fruit, zesty acidity on a fine-textured palate. Give this 6-12 months bottle age to show more richness. Serve with grilled and roasted seafood dishes over the next 4-5 years. Fruit from the alluviale soils west of Hastings, fully barrel-fermented to 13.0% alc., the wine aged 15 months in 10% new French oak, undergoing batonnage and 30% MLF. 17.5/20 Aug 2017 RRP $33.95

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