Theory & Practice Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2015

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 14-Apr-2016
Bright, light golden-hued yellow colour with lemon-green on the rim. The nose is gently voluminous with soft and harmoniously concentrated aromas of white and yellow stonefruits, citrus fruits and subtle, complexing nutty oak and flinty layers, unfolding lemon curd and butterscotch MLF elements with aeration. Medium-full bodied, the fruit flavours of yellow stonefruits and citrus fruits are entwined with nutty oak, along with lemon-curd and buttery elements, revealing creamy and toasty oak. The palate is lively and fresh with crisp acidity, and has an underlying, fine-textured line which balances the fruit sweetness. The wine carries with good richness to a fine, dry, lingering finish with toasty elements. This is a bright, lively, sweet and rich-fruited Chardonnay with creamy, buttery and toasty notes and fine textures. Match with creamy-sauced white meat dishes over the next 4+ years. Clones Mendoza, 15, 95 and 809 from the ‘Craft Farm’ and ‘Askerne’ vineyards, hand-picked and WBP, barrel-fermented, partially with indigenous yeasts to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 10 months on lees in 28% new French oak, with 100% MLF. 18.0+/20 Apr 2016 RRP $25.00

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