Tantalus ‘Cachette Reserve’ Waiheke Island Chardonnay 2017

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Northland & Auckland
Review Date : 16-Sep-2018
Bright, light golden-hued yellow colour with slight green tints, lighter on the rim. The nose is full and deeply concentrated with soft and dense aromas of savoury yellow stonefruits and citrus fruit melded with complexing mealy notes with a little creamy barrel-ferment and dusty, nutty oak. This has very good presence and depth. Medium-full bodied, the palate has rich and softly juicy , succulent flavours of ripe, savoury yellow stonefruits and citrus fruit harmoniously layered with complex mealy nuances along with a little creamy barrel-ferment and nutty oak. The fruit has richness, depth and presence, and flows smoothly along a light phenolic line accompanied by fresh, lacy acidity, leading to a long, dry finish of nutty oak. This is a softly rich and fulsome Chardonnay with savoury and juicy stonefruit and citrus fruit, along with a soft layer of mealy, creamy and nutty complexities on a smooth, weighty palate with some power. Match with pork and veal dishes over the next 4 years. Clones 15, 95 and Mendoza fully barrel-fermented, 30% by indigenous yeasts to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 10 months in 30% new oak, undergoing batonnage with two-thirds MLF. 18.0+/20 Sep 2018 RRP $70.00

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