2018 Paritua Chardonnay, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand (750ml)
Ripe citrus aromas of navel orange and stonefruit, a medley of nougat, flint and vanilla notes to add to the complexity and interest on the nose. A silky attack with sweet fruit flavours of lychee and navel orange, almond and clove in the rich textural mid palate, with hints of nougat and vanilla balanced with fine oak and a lingering citrus finish.
Vibrant yellow in color, this shows a fair bit of sulfur when first opened, but offers a lovely energy and brightness nonetheless. Vibrant lemon peel, freshly sliced peaches, flower blossoms and a touch of toast and yeast make up the nose. The palate comes with a silky smooth texture, freshened by a lift of acidity and a lick of oak. This is a charming, grown up wine designed for the dinner table.
- Wine Enthusiast, 92 pts.
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