Te Awanga Estate Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2014

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 10-Nov-2015
Fruit from the ‘Te Awanga’ vineyard, indigenous yeast fermented, 40% in barrel to 13.0% alc., the wine aged 10 months in 90% French oak, 17% new, the wine undergoing batonnage and 35% MLF. Bright, even, light golden-hued straw-yellow colour, a little lighter on the rim. This has a full and moderately deep and solidly presented nose of yellow stonefruits entwined with lifted yellow florals, nutty barrel-ferment and oak elements and some lemon-curd MLF detail. Medium-bodied, the palate has fresh white and yellow stonefruit flavours which are layered with citrus fruits, delicate nutty oak and gentle waves of lemon-curd MLF. The mouthfeel is fresh, crisp and racy with lively acidity, and a fine, phenolic, textural thread guides the palate, which carries to a long, lingering brisk finish with lemon-curd MLF and nutty oak notes. This is a fresh, crisp, white stonefruited and citrussy Chardonnay with good acidity, linearity and MLF flavours on the finish. Match with seafood and poultry over the next 3+ years. 17.5/20 Nov 2015 RRP $24.99 Bright straw-yellow colour with light lemon-gold hues, pale on rim. The nose is softly concentrated and elegantly presented with aromas of citrus and stonefruit melded with mealy and nutty notes at the core, unfolding waves of creamy barrel-ferment and lemon-curd MLF elements that build in depth. Medium-bodied, soft, lush and rich flavours of yellow stonefruits and citrus fruits are integrated with creamy and nutty oak and buttery MLF layers. The mouthfeel is smooth and rounded, and the wine flows easily, with good, underlying discreet acidity and a fine-textured line. The palate carries to a soft, fine-textured, moderately sustained finish. This is a soft, creamy and elegant Chardonnay with integrated oak and MLF flavours. Serve with creamy sauced poultry and pork dishes over the next 4 years. Mendoza and clone 15 fruit from vines 11-18 y.o., fully barrel-fermented by indigenous yeasts to 13.0% alc., the wine aged 10 months in new and seasoned French oak, undergoing batonnage and 100% MLF. 17.5/20 May 2015 RRP $24.99

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