Tony Bish ‘Golden Egg’ Te Awanga Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2015

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 02-Jun-2016
Brilliant light yellow colour with slight green-gold hues, pale on the rim. The nose is softly full and harmoniously layered with aromas of yellow stonefruits along with subtle notes of citrus fruit and a suggestion of tropical fruits. Flinty and nutty lees and reductive detail lend beautiful complexing interest as the aromatics build in intensity and finesse. Medium-full bodied, the fruit flavours of ripe white and yellow stonefruits are rich, but stylishly restrained, and unfold notes of citrus fruits and hints of tropical fruits. Beautifully integrated and layered flinty, minerally and nutty detail add to the harmonious complexity on palate. The mouthfeel is smooth-flowing, near seamless in texture, and enlivened by poised, lacy acidity. The palate carries to a long and sustained finish of citrus and flinty flavours. This is a rich, but beautifully refined and elegant, contemporary Chardonnay with harmonious flavours of stonefruits and complexing flinty layers, on a seamless, refreshing palate. Serve with seafood, poultry and pork over the next 5 years. Hand-picked Mendoza clone Chardonnay from Te Awanga from 8 y.o. vines, WBP, the free run juice fermented in concrete egg, and in one new barrique to 13.5% alc., the wine being a blend of 1,500 L egg wine and that from the one barrique. The wine was aged 12 months on lees with 100% MLF. 19.0/20 Jun 2016 RRP $35.00

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