Two Rivers Clos des Pierres Chardonnay 2018, Marlborough

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Marlborough
Review Date : 11-Jun-2020
Bright, medium straw-yellow, even throughout. The nose is welcoming, greets with smokey flint, extents with buttery aromas, freshly peeled citrus zest, alongside delicate spices, painting an appealing impression. Medium-bodied, freshly squeezed lemon juice and zest rushed in, along with nuances of lemon curd with a light scent of orange blossom, melded with subtle spices and buttery nuances. The mouthfeel is creamy and elegant, a thin layer of chalkiness coating on the palate; acid is soft and well-integrated, flows with a drop of orange bitter, smokey gunflint to a lingering sleek finish. This is an elegant and well-integrated Chardonnay with all the attractive features; well-balanced, soft acidity and creamy lemon-curd entwined with chalky mineral and charming flintiness and spices. Match with grilled calamari and barbeque whitefish over the next 3-5 years. Handpicked, whole bunch pressed, wild-fermented to 13% alc. Aged in a mixture of new and seasoned French oak barrels, a new French cuve and a concrete egg tank for 11 months. Regular battonage, full MLF. Unfiltered. 18.5/20pts June 2020 RRP $36

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