Thomas Waiheke Island Chardonnay 2014

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Northland & Auckland
Review Date : 22-Feb-2016
Bright pale straw-yellow colour, lighter on the rim. The nose is very refined and elegant in presentation with tightly bound, fresh aromas of white and yellow stonefruits entwined with subtle struck-match, flinty, reductive elements, unfolding aromatic, nutty oak, nuances of toast and rich, creamy barrel-ferment notes. Medium-full bodied, the palate is elegant in proportion with tightly bound flavours of white stonefruits, citrus fruit and gunflint complexities. The mouthfeel is youthfully firm and taut, nearly austere, with smooth, refined textures and soft, lacy acidity. The fruit reveals sweetness as it leads to a long, lingering tight finish. This is a refined, tight and taut Chardonnay with stonefruit flavours and flinty complexities. Match with seafood and poultry over the next 4-5+ years. Hand-picked fruit from Onetangi Valley, foot-stomped and barrel-fermented with indigenous yeast to 13.9% alc., the wine aged 11 months in seasoned French oak barriques with batonnage and partial MLF. 637 bottles made. 18.0+/20 Feb 2016 RRP $45.00

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