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2014 Stonecroft Wines Hawke's Bay Chardonnay

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This little chardy comes from a cool but awesome year in NZ. It's an elegant, less-oaked version of chardonnay that shows white stone fruits and slight toastiness on the nose. The palate is quite graceful and citrusy, with peachy fruit coming through the middle before the crisp acidity leads to a dry, minerally finish. It's a great wine to have with a seafood pasta dish.

Winemaker's Notes

Appearance: Pale gold.

Nose: Peach and nectarine, with hints of citrus plus subtle toasty, leesy notes.

Palate: A well balanced Chardonnay. Stone fruit flavours, with cashew nut and butterscotch. Subtle oak treatment.

Alcohol: 13.5%

Winemaking: The 2014 growing season was excellent. We had great weather through flowering and fruit set, followed by a long ripening period. Fruit ripened slightly earlier than usual. Spring was humid and settled and the summer hot with high growing degree days. Rainfall occurred at the right times. These conditions produced fruit with lots of flavour and good ripeness.

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