Trinity Hill ‘Black Label’ Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2010

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 20-Jan-2012
Bright straw-yellow colour with light green-gold hues, pale on rim. This has a tightly bound, intense bouquet of ripe yellow stonefruit with a complex citrus amalgam of toasted nuts, flint and minerals that quietly unfold. Dry and full-bodied, this has proportion with an underlying power. Subtly sweet, rich flavours of citrus fruit build with layers of mealy, nutty oak and flinty lees work. Barrel-ferment creaminess is balanced by fine acidity, this providing drive and contributing to a very long, dry and sustained finish with mealy fruit and oak toastiness. Clone 15, 95 and Mendoza from four sites including the Gimblett Gravels, Raukawa and Bridge Pa, WBP and fully barrel-fermented with indigenous yeasts to 14.0% alc., the wine aged in oak 10 months on lees, with 15% MLF. The wine seems to be entering a restrained phase now, but will emerge to show elegance and complexity. Drink over the next 4-5 years with grilled seafood, poultry and pork. 18.0+/20 Jan 2012 RRP $34.00 Clone 15, 95 and Mendoza from the Gimblett Gravels, Roy's Hill and Maraekakaho, WBP and fully barrel-fermented by indigenous yeasts to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 10 months on lees in approx.. 25% new oak. Arround 30% of the wine underwent MLF conversion. Bright light golden straw colour, with green hues on edge, the nose is voluminous but restrained in fruit expression. Subtle aromas of ripe citrus fruits, nuts and barrel-ferment complexities show. The palate features crisp and racy acidity underlining the mouthfeel. Lovely nutty, citrussy flavours abound, with depth and concentration. Layers of mealiness and oak toast emerge and become interwoven with the fruit forming a complex amalgam and an excellent creaminess of texture. The finish is very long. This will improve over the next 4-5+ years.  Nov 2011

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