Trinity Hill Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2011

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 12-Feb-2014
Bright, light straw-yellow with golden hues. This is very elegant ant tight with deep aromas of stonefruits, citrus fruits, nuts and oak, along with flint andoxidative complexities, very burgundian in style. Elegant in proportion and quite slender on palate, this has lovely acidity and freshness. Bright stonefruits, nuts, citrus and flint all in great balance. Some phenolic textures underline the palate flow, and along with the acidity carry through to a very long, lingering finish. This has developed real class and come into its own. This should develop over another 4-5 years. 18.5+/20 Feb 2014 Pale straw-yellow with slight green hues, lighter on rim. The bouquet is softly full and open with aromatic citrus fruit combined with fine nutty, flinty lees notes. The nose subtly builds in depth and nuance. Medium-bodied, this is elegantly proportioned with a gentle amalgam of citrussy fruit, spicy, nutty oak and hints of minerals. The flavours flow smoothly on a fine-textured palate and restrained acidity adds to the softness of the mouthfeel. The finish is moderately sustained with light, dry textures and gentle flavours of citrus fruits and flint. This is an elegant, soft and gently nuanced Chardonnay to match with seafood and poultry over the next 4+ years. Clone 95, 15 and Mendoza fruit from three sites in the Gimblett Gravels, WBP and fully barrel-fermented, 25% in new 500 L puncheons to 13.0% alc. The wine was aged 10 months in barrel, undergoing batonnage and 40% MLF. 17.5/20 Oct 2012 RRP $34.95

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