Te Mata ‘Elston’ Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2010

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 27-Jul-2014
Bright, light golden-straw colour. This has a beautifully elegant and richly detailed bouquet, with fine citrus and stonefruit aromas entwined with mealy presence and nutty, toasty oak layers, the nose very accessible and softly open. On palate, refined in richness, the fruit is seamless and softly interwoven through barrel-ferment, with subtle and balanced nutty, mealy flavours. The fleshiness is very elegant, and the harmonious flow the feature, the wine possessing perfect tension. Drinking well already, but its balance will enable another 4-6 years. 19.0/20 Jul 2014 RRP $N/A Fruit WBP and fully barrel-fermented in new and seasoned French oak to 14.0% alc. and aged 12 months in oak with lees contact and 100% MLF. Brilliant light straw-golden colour with green hues on rim, the bouquet is full and intense, packed with citrus and mealy fruit integral with cream and spicy nut aromas of barrel-ferment, the nose very harmonious and stylish with its density. Very intense, tight and concentrated flavours of grapefruit are intermixed with mealy, spicy oak and toasty notes, the fruit enlivened by racy acidity providing great cut, line and drive. The richness of the flavours unfold in mid-palate and build with power, carrying through to a very long, sustained finish. The precision and bracing drive of the wine is a highlight, and will see it develop for the next 5-7+ years. Is this as good as ‘Elston' gets? 19.0/20 Mar 2012 RRP $38.50

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