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Red Barrel Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2014

11 December,2015
When John and Juliette Lockie purchased the former Zepelin vineyard in Havelock North in 2010, they immediately took out the Cabernet Sauvignon and replanted three clones of Chardonnay to supplement the existing Merlot and Syrah, making for a contemporary vineyard mix that suited the growth of Hawke’s Bay wine. Last year they released their first commercial Chardonnay wine which sold out very quickly (click here to see my review). Here is my review of the second release, again made by their contracted winemaker Dave McKee.


Red Barrel Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2014

Chardonnay from New Zealand – Hawke’s Bay

Bright, light straw-yellow colour, very pale on rim. This has an elegantly proportioned nose with tightly bound and concentrated aromas of ripe yellow stonefruits and citrus fruits that unfold layers of mealy, nutty notes, creamy barrel-ferment elements, oak toast and butterscotch MLF. Suggestions of complex flinty lees emerge in the glass. Full-bodied, this is bold and rich in flavour with ripe citrus and yellow stonefruits interwoven with creamy-textured barrel-ferment layers, nutty and toasty oak, and enrichening lemon-curd and butterscotch MLF. Rich and weighty, there is underlying alcoholic power and drive, along with integrated acidity adding to the energy. The wine carries to a fresh, fine-textured, sustained citrussy, creamy and nutty finish. This is a richly flavoured Chardonnay with layers of citrus, creamy and nutty notes, and plenty of underlying power. Match with creamy sauced pasta and poultry dishes, veal and pork over the next 4+ years. Hand-picked fruit, clones Mendoza, 15 and 95, WBP, and fermentation in barrique and puncheon initiated by indigenous yeasts to 14.5% alc., the wine aged 11 months in 50% new oak, undergoing batonnage and approx. 60% MLF. 18.5/20 Dec 2015 RRP $28.00

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