Te Mania ‘Reserve’ Nelson Chardonnay 2016

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Nelson
Review Date : 22-Dec-2017
Bright, light straw-yellow colour with light lemon-gold tints and a little depth, pale edged. The nose is well-proportioned with concentrated and deeply packed aromas of white and yellow stonefruits and citrus fruits harmoniously melded with creamy and nutty lees and barrel-ferment layers, hints of spice and delicate nuances of butterscotch MLF. Medium-full bodied, the palate has a tight and concentrated core with intense and penetrating flavours of citrus and stonefruits entwined with creamy barrel-ferment and toasty oak, and harmoniously melded lemon-curd and buttery MLF. The rich fruit is balanced by brisk, racy acidity. The wine flows with plenty of energy and drive along a fine-textured line with good acid tension to a long and sustained finish. This is a rich, but taut and concentrated Chardonnay with intense citrus and stonefruit flavours melded with creamy and nutty oak and butterscotch MLF, cut by brisk acidity. Match with grilled and roasted poultry and pork dishes over the next 4-5 years. Hand-picked clone 95 and 15 fruit from the ‘Helm’ vineyard, Moutere, WBP and indigenous yeast fermented with solids in barriques and hogsheads to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 11 months with batonnage in 33% new French oak. Vegan wine. 18.5/20 Dec 2017 RRP $29.99

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