Starborough ‘Single Vineyard’ Awatere Valley Marlborough Chardonnay 2016

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Marlborough
Review Date : 12-Oct-2017
Bright straw-yellow colour with light golden hue and some depth, lighter on the rim. The nose is full and softly concentrated with packed aromas of ripe citrus and yellow stonefruits, harmoniously melded with mealy and biscuit complexities, with creamy and nutty barrel-ferment and oak notes, and hints of buttery MLF, with some toastiness. Medium-full bodied, the palate has rich and well-concentrated flavours of ripe citrus fruit and stonefruits, complexed by a layering of mealy elements and creamy barrel-ferment and nutty oak, unveiling lemon-curd and buttery MLF and toasty notes. The textures ae fine, and the flavours are mouthfilling with a strong core that caries to a full, citrussy, nutty finish with lemon-curd and toast. This is a full and concentrated Chardonnay with complex flavours of citrus and stonefruits, mealy and nutty elements, with lemon-curd MLF on a strong, driven palate. Serve with grilled and roasted seafood, poultry and pork over the next 4+ years. 100% Mendoza clone fruit from the ‘Long Lane Vineyard’, hand-picked and fully barrel-fermented by indigenous yeasts to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 10 months in 25% new French oak, undergoing 100% MLF. 18.5+/20 Oct 2017 RRP $27.95

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