Tony Bish Zen Chardonnay 2020, Hawke’s Bay

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 07-Dec-2022
Bright, pale yellow with depth and a light gold hue, even colour throughout. This has an elegant, persisting bouquet, aromas of citrus and stonefruit, interwoven with delicate spice and hazelnut harmoniously. Medium-full bodied, aromas of lemon, lemon curd and grapefruit zest entwined with white peach, enveloping delicate spice of cardamom, grounded nutmeg, and hazelnut. Vivacious, seamless acidity carries whipped butter and spice to linearity; well-proportioned spice and nut nuances adorn the palate with poise. This refined, harmonious Chardonnay shows an effortless flow with tension and immense balance. Match with crayfish carpaccio and sea urchin over the next 10 years. Fruit from the dry-farmed Skeetfield block, Mendoza clone. Handpicked, indigenous yeast fermented in French oak ovum egg and new Taransaud French oak barriques (40%) to 13% alc, underwent full MLF, unfined, unfiltered. 19.5/20 (98 pts) Dec 2022 RRP $140

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