Tony Bish ‘Fat & Sassy’ Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2016

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 04-May-2017
Brilliant, even, lemon-gold hued yellow colour with some depth, lighter on the edge. The nose is full and voluminous with broad aromas of fresh, ripe yellow stonefruits at the core, melded with a layering of lemon-curd and butterscotch MLF, entwined with creamy barrel-ferment elements. The nose builds to form a firm, nutty heart. Medium-bodied, the palate has full and rounded mouthfilling flavours of ripe yellow stonefruits and tropical fruits along with layers of creamy oak, and lemon-curd and butterscotch MLF. The wine has a good nutty heart and the palate flows smoothly along a fine-textured line. The creaminess is balanced by fresh acidity, and the wine carries to a creamy, buttery finish. This is a full and flavoursome Chardonnay with layers of stonefruit and tropical fruit melded with creamy and nutty oak and butterscotch layers. Match with creamy seafood and poultry dishes, and roast pork over the next 4 years. Clones 15, 95 and Mendoza, from vines over 12 y.o., 50% barrel-fermented and 50% tank-fermented to 13.0%, the wine aged 12 months in 10% new oak, the two portions exchanging containers after 6 months, the wine undergoing batonnage and 100% MLF. 18.5-/20 May 2017 RRP $21.99

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