Villa Maria Keltern Chardonnay 2019, Hawke’s Bay

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 28-Jul-2020
Bright, light yellow with some depth, youthful, even colour throughout. The nose is graceful with power, aromas of stonefruit and burnt vanilla custard; entwined with buttered toast, almonds, prickly oak spices and dusty mineral. The aromas are poise with good concentration. Medium-bodied, lemon curd, lemon sherbet and stonefruit; along with ginger, nutmeg spices, subtle nuts, toasty oak detail. The acidity is lacy and seamless with great tension, flows smoothly along. The texture is ethereal; smooth and silken across the palate, with a fine layer of dusty phenolic, enlivened by the spices and citrus pith on the back palate. Taut acid cut carries the wine to a very long, sustained finish. This is a finely-crafted Chardonnay with immaculate detail and acid tension and balance. Ready to drink now with a long time ahead, one to savour. Match with crayfish and turkey stuffing over the next 6-8 years. Fruit from Keltern vineyard, 85% Clone 15, 15% Clone 548. Handpicked, whole bunch pressed. Fermented with wild yeast to 14% alc. Aged 11 months on lees in French oak barriques, 40% new. No MLF. 19+/20 pts July 2020 RRP $79.99 

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