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Stronsay Shannagolden Chardonnay 2022, Central Otago

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Central Otago & Waitaki
Review Date : 02-Jul-2024
Bright, even, pale straw yellow with some depth. The nose is expressive, with a gently brown butter bouquet packed with aromas of stonefruit, citrus and grapefruit pith. Medium-bodied, aromas of nectarine, apricot, grapefruit and zest entwined with lemon sherbet, a touch of spice, and brown butter. Enticing and fresh acidity flows through a fine-textured palate, displaying vibrant fruit; the spice and subtly buttery layer added complexity and substance, lending a long, crisp closing. This Chardonnay is from a single vineyard in Gibbston, showing lush fruit, vibrant South Island acidity and adorned by a balanced buttery profile. Whole bunch pressed, fermented with Burgundy yeast, stirred weekly, aged 9 months in neutral oak barriques, full MLF, no fining. Match with pork and fish over the next 3-4 years. 18.5/20 pts (93 pts) Jul 2024 RRP $42

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