Vidal ‘Reserve’ Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2015

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 21-Apr-2017
Bright straw-yellow colour, a little lighter on the edge. This has a soft and gentle, harmoniously interwoven nose with aromas of white stonefruits, subtle nutty oak and flinty lees detail. The aromatics are elegant and well-proportioned. Medium-bodied, the palate is finely presented with balanced flavours of moderately rich white and yellow stonefruits, along with citrus fruits and nutty, flinty and mineral detail. The palate has a well-concentrated core which follows a light, phenolic-textured line with refreshing, bright acidity enlivening the mouthfeel. The wine leads to a soft, gently packed finish of stonefruits and nuts. This is an elegantly concentrated and well-balanced Chardonnay with white stonefruit, nutty and flinty detail on a fine-textured, fresh palate. Match with seafood, poultry, pork and veal over the next 3-4 years. A barrel selection wine. Fruit from ‘Kakako’ in the Ohiti Valley. ‘Keltern’, in Maraekakaho, Te Awanga and the Gimblett Gravels, fully barrel-fermented, partially with indigenous yeasts to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 9 months in 18% new French oak with partial MLF conversion. 18.0-/20 Apr 2017. RRP $19.99 Bright, even, light golden-yellow colour with green hues, lighter on the rim. This has a softly full and reserved nose of ripe yellow stonefruits and citrus fruits that form a dense core, revealing mealy notes, with creamy and nutty barrel-ferment elements and delicate flinty lees detail, along with toasty oak. Medium-bodied, the flavours of yellow stonefruits and citrus fruit are rich and well-entwined with layers of creamy and nutty barrel-ferment, and complexed by subtle flinty lees and toasty oak notes. This has a tightly bound core, the fruit richness balanced by fresh, lacy acidity. The wine follows a very fine-textured line, carrying to an elegant finish of stonefruits and nuts. This moderately rich, stonefruited and citrussy Chardonnay is balanced by creamy and nutty oak and flows with good energy along a fine line. Serve with seafood, poultry and pork over the next 4 years. Fruit from Kokako in the Ohiti Valley, Keltern in Marekakaho, Te Awanga and the Gimblett Gravels, barrel-fermented, partly with indigenous yeasts to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 8 months in 18% new French oak on lees with partial MLF. 17.5+/20 May 2016 RRP $19.99

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