Theory & Practice Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2014

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 09-Jun-2015
Bright straw-yellow colour with slight lemon hues. The nose is softly full with deep and concentrated aromas of ripe yellow stonefruit and citrus fruit, unfolding mealy and biscuitty layers along with subtle and balanced toasty oak and complexing flinty lees elements. The aromatics are detailed and the nose is one of finesse. Medium-bodied and elegantly proportioned, the palate features a fine-featured, tight core of yellow stonefruits entwined with mealy and nutty flavours. The wine flows smoothly with creamy barrel-ferment richness, and the mouthfeel is enlivened by fresh acidity lending good energy. Toasty oak and nutty, gunflinty elements emerge and are carried to a fine-textured, refreshing and sustained finish. This is an elegant, finely concentrated, poised Chardonnay with complex mealy, flinty and toasty detail. Match with roasted white meat dishes over the next 4-5 years. Clones Mendoza, 15 and 95 from a Cape Coast vineyard, the fruit hand-picked, WBP and barrel-fermented, partially by indigenous yeasts to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 10 months in 40% new French oak, undergoing 100% MLF. 18.5/20 May 2015 RRP $24.99

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