Vidal ‘Reserve’ Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2017

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 08-Aug-2018
Bright straw-yellow colour with light green-gold hues, lighter edged. The nose is full and voluminous with soft and well-packed aromas of white stonefruits and citrus fruit melded with a layer of nutty notes and a thread of flinty, reductive complexities, unfolding smoke and minerals. Medium-full bodied, the palate has mouthfilling flavours of white stonefruits and citrus fruit with flinty reduction. The wine has good breadth and depth and the flavours flow positively along a fine-textured line growing in fullness, with lacy acidity lending freshness and energy. Notes of toast and minerals emerge to add detail as the wine leads to a softly full, even finish. This is a mouthfilling Chardonnay with stonefruit, smoke, flinty and minerals with light textures and fresh acidity. Match with most white meat dishes over the next 3-4 years. Fruit predominantly from the ‘Keltern’, ‘Kokako’ and ‘Lyons’ vineyards, fully barrel-fermented, partially by indigenous yeasts to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 10 months on lees in 20% new French oak barriques, the wine undergoing partial MLF. 18.0/20 Aug 2018 RRP $19.99

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