Te Mata ‘Estate Vineyards’ Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2016

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 06-Mar-2018
Brilliant straw-yellow colour, lighter on the rim. This has a softly full and elegantly presented nose with an amalgam of citrus and stonefruit, along with subtle mealy complexities, some creamy barrel-ferment elements, all in balance. Medium-full bodied, the palate has rich stonefruit and citrus fruits, with mealy and nutty oak detail. The fruit richness is enlivened by bright acidity lending a lively mouthfeel and plenty of energy and drive. The acidity and soft textures carry the wine to a moderately long finish. This is a bright and fresh Chardonnay with fruit richness and oak detail. Keep for 4 years. Fruit from the company’s ‘Woodthorpe Terraces’, Bridge Pa Triangle and Havelock Hills sites, undergoing barrel and tank fermentation to 13.5% alc., a portion of the wine aged in 10% new oak barrels with aging on lees and partial MLF. 18.0/20 Mar 2018 RRP $22.00Bright straw-yellow colour. The nose is very fresh and tightly bound with piquant white stonefruits along with subtle nutty oak notes and suggestions of fresh herbs. The aromatics grow in intensity and concentration with aeration. Medium-bodied, the palate is youthfully fresh with stylishly restrained citrus and white stonefruit flavour. The mouthfeel is zesty and refreshing with steely acidity, the wine following a very fine textured line, unfolding subtle nutty and mineral elements. This needs more time in bottle to reveal its character. At present, tight and steely, but with 3-4 years ahead of it. Fruit from the Woodthorpe Terraces, Bridge Pa Triangle and Havelock Hills, a portion WBP and one-third barrel-fermented and two-thirds fermented in tank to 13.5% alc. Two-thirds of the wine is barrel-aged for 3 or 6 months and the new oak is approx. 10%, with around 35% undergoing MLF. 17.5+/20 Mar 2017 RRP $24.95

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