Te Mata ‘Elston’ Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2009

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 27-Jul-2014
Straw-yellow colour with slight golden hues, pale on rim. The nose is beautifully aromatic with lifted floral, white peaches and yellow stonefruits, harmoniously layered with nutty barrel work. The palate features ripe fruit with vibrant sweetness and a near unctuous mouthfeel. Citrus fruit and stonefruits, interwoven with creamy, nutty detail. The palate has very fine phenolics guiding the fruit, and balancing freshness from lacy acidity. This is still tight and very fresh, and will improve, developing greater complexity and richness over the next 5+ years. 19.0/20 Jul 2014 RRP $N/A Given some bottle age too, this has come together to present a tight, restrained wine of medium weight and concentration and gentle grapefruit and mealy nutty expression, all framed in a fine textured palate. Oaking is sensitive and very well-balanced. Lighter than other recent releases, this seems to be maturing to be drinking well over the next 3-4 years. Fully fermented in new and seasoned French oak to14.0% alc, given lees work and 100% MLF, this was aged 11 months in barrel.  Mar 2011

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