Thornbury Gisborne Chardonnay 2013

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Gisborn
Review Date : 30-Jul-2014
Fruit from the Patutahi and Manutuke regions, partially barrel-fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 6 months in French oak barriques, a small percentage new. Full, moderately deep straw-yellow colour with some green-golden hues, pale on rim. The nose is softly full with good volume and presence, showing ripe yellow stonefruit aromas and nuances of tropical fruits, along with youthful lifted esters. Yellow floral, creamy MLF and nutty oak detail emerges to add interest. Medium-bodied, soft and full flavours of ripe stonefruits are enriched by butter, cream and nutty notes, and lifted by esters. The mouthfeel is rounded and smooth flowing, near unctuous, guided by a nutty core, and the flavours carry to a light, openly accessible, easy finish. This is a soft, gently ripe, stonefruit and creamy-flavoured Chardonnay. It will develop over the next 3+ years. Serve with poultry and pork. 17.0+/20 Jul 2014 RP $17.00 Full straw-yellow colour with slight lemon-green hues. This has a softly full nose with gently lifted aromatics of fermentation esters, stonefruits and tropical fruits, along with subtle barrel notes, the bouquet positive in presentation with depth. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate features flavours of stonefruits and tropical fruits along with a sweet, yeast esters lift. The mouthfeel is smooth with a little creamy barrel-ferment adding to the flow, and there is good vinosity. The flavours are clean, subtle and flow easily to a light, soft, moderately long finish. This is a subtle, soft-textured Chardonnay with aromatic fruitiness. Serve with white meat dishes over the next 3-4 years. Fruit from Patutahi and Manutuke, fermented in stainless-steel and barrels, of which a small portion was new to 13.5% alc. The wine was aged 6 months in tank and French oak barriques with batonnage. 17.0/20 Mar 2014 RRP $17.00

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