Whitehaven Chardonnay 2020, Marlborough

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Marlborough
Review Date : 28-Jun-2021
Bright, even, pale yellow with some depth and a slightly green hue. The nose is full and upfront with aromas of nuts, barrel spice, shortbread, underlying stonefruit and tree fruit mix. Medium-full bodied, apple, pear, and peach aromas have a fresh core, enriched by toasted almonds, barrel spices, and buttery shortbread. Youthful and vibrant flavours are the dominant here; barrel elements added complexity and interest. This is a youthful Chardonnay with bright fruit and oak details. Match with lemon chicken and crumbled fish over the next 3-4 years. Handpicked, whole bunch pressed, inoculated fermentation in tank and transferred to French oak (22% new) predominantly 500L puncheons halfway through fermentation to finish and aged for 10 months. 14% alc, 2.6 g/l RS, MLF in barrels. Vegan friendly. 17.5/20 pts (88 pts) June 2021 RRP $28

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