Stanley Estates ‘Reserve’ ‘Single Vineyard’ Awatere Valley Marlborough Chardonnay 2017

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Marlborough
Review Date : 30-Jun-2018
Bright straw-yellow colour with lemon-gold hues, lighter on the edge. The nose is fresh and vibrant with aromas of citrus fruits and yellow stonefruits entwined with creamy barrel-ferment and nutty oak integrated with some lemon-curd MLF. The aromatics are refreshing and steely, and retain a degree of slenderness. Medium-bodied, the palate has an elegant, positive core of citrus and yellow stonefruits along with some creamy oak and nutty lees melded with a little lemon-curd MLF. The fruit has richness and is balanced by crisp, lacy acidity. The wine has good energy, line and tension, and carries to a long and sustained finish. This is a crisp, elegant Chardonnay with complex flavours of citrus and stonefruits, oak, lees and MLF with some richness. Serve with grilled and roasted seafood, poultry and pork over the next 3-4 years. Fruit from the company’s ‘Little Oasis’ block, vines planted in 2002, fully indigenous yeast barrel-fermented with full solids to 13.4% alc., the wine aged 11 months in 20% new oak, with plenty of batonnage and 100% MLF. 128 cases made. 18.0/20 Jul 2018 RRP $27.99

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