Tony Bish ‘Fat n Sassy’ Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2013

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 01-May-2014
100% Mendosa clone from the Dartmoor Valley, fermented equally in barrel and tank, partially with indigenous yeasts to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 11 months in 6% new French barriques with batonnage and 75% MLF. Full straw-yellow colour with light golden hues at the heart. The nose is very aromatic with fresh, yellow stonefruit and tropical fruit aromas lifted by youthful fermentation esters and complexed by very subtle flint and creamy, nutty oak detail. Full-bodied, a rounded mouthfeel contains restrained, but bright tropical fruit and yellow stonefruit flavours in an amalgam with nutty oak. The fruit has an esters lift, indicating its freshness. The palate flows a very fine textural line, softened by a creamy richness which grows in density and depth of ripe tropical fruits, nuts and toastiness, carrying through to a fine, dry lingering finish. This is a very fresh and youthful Chardonnay with lifted esters and a rounded palate that reveals tropical fruit, nuts and toasty oak flavours. It should come together and show greater richness over the next 4+ years. Match with most white meat courses. 18.0/20 May 2014 RRP $25.95

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