Wild Earth Chardonnay 2020, Central Otago

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Central Otago & Waitaki
Review Date : 17-Feb-2021
Bright, light straw-yellow with some depth, even colour throughout. The nose is youthful, with soft and sweet aromas of stonefruit and melon, intermix vanilla and spice. Medium-full bodied, the palate is bright with the concentration of fruit, nuances of mango, melon and stonefruit have an elegant core, unfolding sweet vanilla and a hint of nutmeg. The lush fruit is fragrant and concentrated, supported by a persistent acid line; a chalky fine-textured phenolic mouthfeel brings harmony and texture to a bright finish. This is an intriguing cool-climate Chardonnay with the concentration of tropical fruit and a fine texture. Match with sweet & sour chicken and baked camembert over the next 5 years. Clones 548, Mendoza and B95 from two elevated vineyards in the Pisa subregion, fermented with wild yeast, full solids, fermented and aged in French oak, 10% new oak from premium Troncais forest in France. Minimum stirring and partial MLF. 13.5% alc. 18+/20 pts (91 pts) Feb 2021 RRP $35

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