Halliday Family Estate Marlborough Chardonnay 2016

A sunny pale straw colour.  On the nose you will find apricots, white nectarine with lemon delicious and freshly baked bread – showing elegance and refinement. There is a lot of depth and complexity to the palate, the warm toast from the new oak balances with the fine acidity that marries well with the rounded tannin structure. A polished wine that has depth and oozes luxury.

The Chardonnay was harvested towards the end of April 2016. With the 2016 season being a little stop start, the fruit was lucky enough to hang out on the vine. After a three week warm dry spell that enabled the ripe fruit characters and wines lusciousness to be enhanced it was gently pressed. 40% of the Free Run portion was fermented in barrel with 50% being new French barriques. A combination of commercial yeasts were used to enhance the natural aromatics. Once fermentation was completed, the wine was put through a partial MLF where weekly lees stirring was performed to add to the palate weight and texture. The Chardonnay was aged on lees for 9 months before being bottled on the 21st of February 2017.

REVIEWS

 

RAYMOND CHAN - 17.5+
Bright straw-yellow colour with pale golden hue and some depth. The nose is softly fresh with aromas of ripe yellow stone fruits and citrus fruits, and subtle creamy barrel-ferment and nutty oak notes, unfolding a little lemon-curd MLF. The aromatics show a gentle depth. Medium-full bodied, the palate is fresh and elegant, slender in presentation with moderately deep flavours of yellow stone fruits and citrus fruits, along with subtle creamy and nutty oak notes. The mouthfeel is lively and bright with fresh acidity and the wine flows with good linearity along a fine-textured phenolic thread leading to a lingering finish of citrus fruit, lemon-curd MLF notes and nutty oak. This is a bright and fresh Chardonnay with stone fruit and citrus flavours and subtle notes of nutty oak and MLF.



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