Vidal ‘Legacy’ Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2016

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 28-Aug-2017
Bright, pale straw-yellow colour. The nose is very fine and fragrant, showing white florals and stonefruit aromas, along with delicate nutty notes, and nuances of gunflinty and minerally reduction. The nose is very poised and balanced, showing refinement and finesse. Medium-full bodied, the palate is elegant in proportion, but possesses lovely intensity and penetration. The flavours of stomefruits, florals, nuts, flint and minerals balanced and interwoven, showing subtle sweetness and richness. The fruit, barrel-ferment and minerality are balanced with very fine acidity and the wine flows along a very fine-textured line. The wine carries to a very ling and sustained finish. The finesse and balance lends surprising accessibility, but this will age 4-5 years easily. Clone 15 Chardonnay from the ‘Lyons’, ‘Keltern’ and ‘Kokako’ vineyards, hand-picked, WBP and indigenous yeast barrel-fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 12 months on lees 43% new French barriques and partial MLF. 28 barriques made. 19.5-/20 Aug 2017 RRP $54.99 Bright, light straw-yellow colour with pale green hues, lighter on the rim. The nose is soft and elegant with harmonious and well balanced aromas of white stonefruits and white florals, with subtle flinty and mineral reductive complexities, and some nutty oak. This is very elegant and exudes finesse, building in intensity and depth with aeration. Medium-full bodied, the palate features rich, lively and vibrant fruit flavours of white stonefruits, white florals and subtle notes of citrus fruit entwined with refined flint and mineral complexities. The palate is finely concentrated, forming a delicately textured phenolic-threaded line, enlivened by crisp, lacy acidity. The flavours are pristine, showing drive and linearity, leading to an elegant, sustained finish of stonefruits, nutty oak and minerals. This is a fresh, bright, youthfully elegant, but rich and intense, complex-detailed Chardonnay with stonefruit, nutty oak and flinty minerals. Serve with seafood and poultry over the next 5+ years. Clone 15 Chardonnay from the ‘Lyons’, ‘Keltern’ and ‘Kokako’ vineyards, hand-picked, WBP and indigenous yeast barrel-fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 12 months on lees 43% new French barriques and partial MLF. 28 barriques made. 19.0/20 Jul 2017 RRP $54.99

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