Tony Bish ‘Heartwood’ Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2016

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 04-May-2017
Brilliant straw-yellow colour with lemon-gold hues and some depth, lighter on the rim. This has an elegantly concentrated and tightly bound nose with good intensity of ripe yellow stonefruits along with nutty lees and oak notes, layered with creamy barrel-ferment elements, with lemon-curd and buttery MLF. The nose has richness, but retains freshness and poise. Medium-full bodied, the palate is rich and mouthfulling with interwoven flavours of ripe yellow stonefruits, nutty oak, subtle creamy barrel-ferment nuances, some flinty and leesy suggestions and buttery MLF. The flavours are balanced and form a fine-textured core and positive line, with fresh lacy acidity carrying the wine to a long and sustained finish. This is a rich, balanced and multi-faceted Chardonnay with stonefruit, nutty and creamy oak, nuances of lees and buttery MLF on a fine, fresh line. Serve with grilled and roasted poultry and pork over the next 4-5 years. Hand-picked Mendoza clone fruit from a Bridge Pa site, WBP and fully barrel-fermented partially by indigenous yeasts to 13.0% alc., the wine aged 11 months in 25% new French oak undergoing 100% MLF. 19.0-/20 May 2017 RRP $35.00

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