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Rossendale Marlborough Chardonnay 2016

06 June,2017
The ‘Rossendale’ wine brand of Brent and Shirley Rawstron has its base in Halswell, Christchirch where their function centre and 6.0 ha vineyard are situated. The main core of their business is based on 35 ha of vineyard in the Rapaura district. The wines are made at the Spring Creek custom crush facility and are primarily destined for export. The wines are delicious and varietal, and offer very good value. Here, I review the 2016 Marlborough Chardonnay.


Rossendale Marlborough Chardonnay 2016

Chardonnay from New Zealand – Marlborough

Bright straw-yellow colour with green-gold hues, a little lighter on the edge. The nose is fresh and upfront with aromas of citrus and tropical fruits, along with nutty and spicy oak notes, along with toasty elements and buttery MLF detail. Medium-bodied, the palate is crisp and taut with good depth of citrus fruit melded with tropical fruits, the flavours enlivened by brisk, racy, slippery acidity. Flavours of spicy and nutty oak, toast and creamy, buttery MLF elements add interest. The flavours carry easily, enhanced by the acidity, leading to a zesty, lingering finish of citrus fruit and oak spice. This is a crisp and racy Chardonnay with citrus and tropical fruit along with spicy, toast oak and hints of butterscotch. Serve with grilled seafood and creamy poultry dishes over the next 2+ years. Marlborough fruit fermented in stainless-steel to 13.0% alc. with oak contact, the wine undergoing full MLF. 16.5+/20 Jun 2017 RRP $16.00
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