Te Kairanga Martinborough Chardonnay 2014

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Wairarapa & Wellington
Review Date : 02-Feb-2016
Hand-picked fruit from the ‘Home’ vineyard, 53% clone 95, 40% Mendoza and 7% clone 6, WBP and fully barrel-fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 10 months in French oak, of which 20% were new puncheons, and undergoing MLF. Bright straw-yellow colour with lemon-gold hues, lighter on the rim. The nose is elegant and softly full with bright aromas of citrus and tropical fruits entwined with nutty oak and suggestions of creamy barrel-ferment elements. Flinty complexities unfold along with oxidative detail, the aromatics growing in richness and density in the glass. Medium-bodied, the flavours of citrus and tropical fruits show with succulence, and reveal creamy barrel-ferment notes, along with complexing nutty and oxidative elements. The palate has linearity, flowing along a fine phenolic, textured line, with fresh, lacy acidity and some underlying alcoholic power providing energy and drive. The wine carries to a crisp, dry finish with citrussy fruit and nutty oak. This is a moderately rich Chardonnay with citrussy fruit and complexing nutty interest, and a fresh, dry, textured palate. Serve with seafood, poultry and pork over the next 4 years. 18.0-/20 Feb 2016 RRP $24.00

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