Wild Earth Chardonnay 2022, Central Otago

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Central Otago & Waitaki
Review Date : 23-Feb-2023
Bright, even, pale straw yellow. The nose is gently full, with aromas of pear and melon interwoven with vanilla and toasty details. Medium-full bodied, expressive on the palate, aromas of melon and pear entwined with roasted almonds, vanilla and spice. Balanced acidity carries a lightly textured grip and creaminess, unfolding toasty nuances on the finish. This youthful Chardonnay with ripe fruit, lively acidity balance and toasty details feature texture and richness will develop nicely over the next few years. Match with roasted fish and pork over the next 5- 7 years. Fruit from 15 year-old-vines in Highgrange Vineyard in Pisa, 60% clone 95 & 40% Mendoza, handpicked, whole bunch pressed, wild fermented on full solids, underwent full MLF, fermented and aged in for 9.5 months in French oak barriques, 5% new oak. 18+/20 pts (91 pts) Feb 2023 RRP $35

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