Te Mata ‘Elston’ Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2011

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 27-Jul-2014
Bright, very pale straw-yellow colour. The nose is tight and youthfully raw, with concentrated aromas of white stonefruits, minerals and lifted florals. Attractive nutty oak detail adds interest. An elegant, slender wine in proportion, this has class and finesse, with tightly held and concentrated flavours. The fruit is ripe, showing white stonefruits and citrus fruits, and subtle nutty, creaminess balanced by a fine-grained thread of phenolics. The fruit richness and sweetness is cut by soft, lacy acidity, which carries the wine to a very long and sustained finish. Drink over the next 4-5 years. 18.5/20 Jul 2014 RRP $N/A Bright straw-yellow colour with slight lemon-green hues, pale on rim. This has an elegant and tightly bound nose with pronounced citrus fruit aromas harmoniously integrated with spicy oak and delicate buttery MLF elements. Medium bodied, deep flavours of citrus fruits and nutty, spicy oak form a concentrated core with a fine textural line. The acidity is crisp and lacy, providing drive and tension, and is well-balanced by a subtle creaminess from the barrel-fermentation. Detailed nuances of oak and buttery MLF add to the interest, and this tightly constructed and brisk Chardonnay will develop over the next 5+ years. Hand-picked fruit from estate vineyards, WBP and fully-fermented in new and seasoned French oak, with a portion by indigenous yeasts to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 10 months in oak, with lees contact, undergoing 100% MLF. 18.0+/20 Mar 2013 RRP $33.20

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