Elephant Hill ‘Salomé’ Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2016

Chardonnay from New Zealand – Hawke’s Bay
Review Date - 08-May-2018

19.5+/20

Bright straw-yellow colour with pale lemon-gold hues, lighter on the rim. The nose is tightly bound with finely concentrated aromas of white stonefruits and citrus fruit interwoven with subtle notes of creamy barrel-ferment and nutty oak, along with a refreshing salinity and minerality. The aromatics are youthfully pure and detailed, and grow in richness with aeration. Medium-full bodied, the palate is tightly concentrated with vibrant flavours of white stonefruits and subtle notes of savoury citrus fruit along with delicate creamy barrel-ferment elements and nutty oak, revealing saline and chalky mineral nuances. The fruit is driven by enormous energy and power, and the wine builds in richness to completeness, and the textures are balanced by beautiful acid cut. The mouthfeel is refreshing, steely and thirst-quenching, and the power carries the flavours to a very long, lingering finish. This is a very taut and concentrated Chardonnay of great beauty and purity of stonefruit, citrus, nutty and mineral flavours on a powerfully driven palate with balanced freshness. Serve with grilled and roasted seafood over the next 6-8 years. Chardonnay fruit, 83% from Te Awanga and 17% Triangle fully barrel-fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 12 months in 28% new French oak, avoiding MLF. 150 dozen made. 19.5+/20 May 2018 RRP $75.00

Light golden-yellow colour with some depth. The nose is full, soft, harmonious and seamless in presentation with very pure and clear aromas of citrus fruit and white stonefruits along with subtle nutty oak and nuances of a creamy barrel-ferment overlay. This has beauty and refinement, the aromatics forming a tightly concentrated core. Medium-full bodied the palate has sweetly rich and luscious fruit, expressed with style and subtlety, unfolding layers of citrus and stonefruit and nutty, creamy oak. This has subtle power – the proverbial ‘iron fist in a velvet glove’. The sumptuousness is held to counterpoint and poise by very fine acidity. This captures beauty and finesse with clarity and there is absolutely no funky flintiness. Seamless in flow and an expression of sheer finesse. Nothing that shows any excess at all. A truly stunning wine. Chardonnay fruit, 83% from Te Awanga and 17% Triangle fully barrel-fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 12 months in 28% new French oak, avoiding MLF. 150 dozen made. 19.5+/20 Apr 2018 RRP $75.00



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