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16 Chardonnay

The 2016 Chardonnay shows a bright, floral nose of nectarine, citrus and hazelnut. The front palate is tightly structured, displaying crisp peach characters and tight, linear acid. The wine is superbly balanced with fresh fruit characters, excellent oak integration all supported with Hunter’s characteristic balanced acidity.
This wines drinks very well on release but will develop and evolve over the next 5-7 years.

100% barrel fermentation | 20% new, 80% 2-4 year old French oak barrels | 15-20% malolactic fermentation | 10 months’ barrel ageing

Technical notes

Harvest Date April 2016
Alcohol 13% Total Acidity 5.50g/l Residual Sugar 1.62g/l Bottling Date February 2017


GOLD - International Cool Climate Wine Show 2017
4.5 STARS & 91 POINTS - Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, Apr 2017
“A delectable barrel-fermented chardonnay, it is instantly appealing on the nose showing ripe stone fruit, orange peel, cedar and vanilla characters with subtle creamy notes. The palate is succulent and flavoursome, and delivers excellent fruit purity and intensity, wonderfully supported by stylish oak infusion and refreshing acidity.”
4 STARS & 91 POINTS - Bob Campbell MW,, Mar 2017 “This is one of Marlborough's most consistent and reliable chardonnays. It manages to offer freshness and purity as well as richness and plenty of flavour. A good mix of white peach, melon, nutty leas and subtle oak, with a pleasingly lengthy finish.”
4 STARS & 18/20 POINTS - Raymond Chan, Raymond Chan Wine Reviews, Apr 2017
“Bright, even, yellow colour with light golden hues, paler edged. The nose is well-concentrated and elegantly proportioned with fine, fragrant aromas of citrus and yellow stonefruits melded harmoniously with creamy barrel-ferment and nutty, toast oak complexities. This has freshness and vitality and mouthwatering, steely and mineral nuances underlining the fruit and oak. Medium-bodied, the palate has a concentrated heart of white and yellow stonefruits and citrus fruit layered with subtle creamy barrel-ferment and nutty oak flavours. Some minerally lees add detail and interest. The mouthfeel is fresh and flows along a fine, taut line with lacy acidity enlivening the palate, providing energy and tension. The wine carries to an elegant finish of nuts and toast. This is a crisp, refreshing Chardonnay with stonefruit and citrussy fruit interwoven with nutty and toasty oak.”
4 STARS – WineNZ Magazine, Winter 2017
“Simon: Full colour, quite aromatic, vanilla, floral, ripe, quite solid mid-palate. Well balanced though soft but with a good finish.
Dave: Straw, ripe fruit fills the front palate. Chunky oak gives it a full-throttle style.
Lauren: Restrained but with nice intensity and balance on the palate. Good texture and weight.”
GOLD – International Cool Climate Wine Show 2017, May 2017

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