Theory & Practice Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2016

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 12-Nov-2017
Bright, light golden-hued yellow colour with some depth, a little lighter on the edge. The nose is softly full with aromas of ripe yellow stonefruit melded with a harmonious amalgam of nutty oak, creamy barrel-ferment notes, lemon-curd MLF and butter and butterscotch notes. The nose has a deep heart. Medium-full bodied, the palate has flavours of ripe yellow stonefruit along with tropical fruits and nuts, harmoniously entwined with an amalgam of creamy barrel-ferment, lemon-curd, butter and butterscotch MLF flavours that unfold to fill the palate. The mouthfeel shows light phenolic textures with subtle, lacy acidity lending freshness and energy. The wine carries to a long finish with stonefruit, nuts and butterscotch. This is a full, up-front Chardonnay with flavours of yellow stonefruits, lemon-curd and butterscotch MLF on as fine, grainy-textured palate with balancing acid freshness. Match with poultry and pork dishes over the next 4 years. Clones Mendoza, 15, 95 and 809 from the Cape Coast and Inland Valleys, hand-picked and WBP, barrel-fermented, partially with indigenous yeasts to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 11 months in 40% new French oak with 100% MLF. 18.0/20 Nov 2017 RRP $24.95

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