Te Mata ‘Elston’ Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2014

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 04-Mar-2016
Brilliant, light straw-yellow colour with green-gold hues. This has a tightly concentrated nose with real depth, showing fresh citrus fruits entwined with white stonefruits, unfolding layers of complexing mealy and nutty barrel-ferment notes. The aromatics are detailed and refined in expression. Medium-full bodied, tightly concentrated and elegantly presented flavours of vibrant and sweetly rich citrus and yellow stonefruits are melded with layers of mealy, creamy and nutty oak. The barrel-ferment textures are smooth in texture, but enlivened by fine, crisp acidity. This has elegance, concentration and finesse at the core, with linear power and drive. The wine carries to a very long citrus and mealy finish with emerging toasty nuances. This has elegance and zest, concentration, and complex layers that grow in richness with finesse. It will develop over the next 5-6+ years. Hand-picked fruit, predominantly Mendoza clone with clone 95, WBP and fully-barrel-fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 11 months in 25% new French oak with batonnage and 100% MLF. 19.5-/20 Mar 2016 RRP $34.90

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