Tony Bish Skeetfield Chardonnay 2018, Hawke’s Bay

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 24-Jul-2020
Bright, medium lemon with depth and a golden hue, even throughout. The nose is voluminous and engaging with citrus, stonefruit, dried florals, entwined with sweet hazelnuts, warm butter and nutty oak detail. The palate is mealy and opulent, with flavours of white peach, citrus and grilled pineapple, along with grapefruit zest and pith, melded with hazelnuts, warm butter, vanilla and nutty oak detail. The acidity is buoyant and mouthwatering, well balanced with the concentrated fruit, and support by the toasty oak element provides freshness to this medium-full bodied wine. The mouthfeel is coated with an elegant extraction of phenolic, provides grip and structure. This wine is very youthful in appearance with strong ageing potential, would benefit from decanting. Match with roasted chicken, charred grilled fish over the next 8-10 years. Dry-farmed Mendoza clone handpicked, whole bunch pressed. 100% barrel-fermented to 13% alc, 60% new Taransaud French oak. 100% MLF, battonage, on lees for 12 months. 19/20 pts July 2020 RRP $60

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