Tony Bish ZEN Chardonnay 2019, Hawke’s Bay

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 31-Mar-2021
Bright, pale yellow-gold with some depth, faintly lighter edged. The bouquet is voluminous with purity, aromas of roasted hazelnuts, barrel spice, melded with yellow peaches, citrus, brioche and a wildflower, chamomile underlay. Medium-full bodied, the palate is well-rounded and smooth, aromas of lemon curd, yellow peaches, have an elegant core, adorned by wildflower, chamomile underlay. Restrained roasted hazelnuts, barrel spices grow in volume, added structure to the well-rounded palate, the subtle spices and pure fruit intensity lead to an elegant, lengthy, lingering finish. The palate is buttery in the most elegant way, along a chalky mineral line; buoyant acidity flow smoothly and seamlessly. This wine has elegance yet has the rawness and authenticity that intrigues and blow-my-mind. This is a unique and authentic Chardonnay in the purest and most elegant form, with strength and intensity. Match with squid-ink risotto and crayfish over the next 6-8 years. The third release, single-vineyard Skeetfield block, Mendoza clone. Handpicked, fermented in French oak ovum egg and new French oak barriques to 13.5%. Full MLF. 19.5 pts (98 pts) March 2021 RRP $140

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