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First look at our 2016 Twin Valleys Chardonnay

Cameron Douglas
94 Points

Attractive bouquet,integrated and complex with aromas of roasted yellow stone fruits, baked apple,grapefruit peel, sweet tobacco, vanilla and toasty barrel-wood. Dry, smooth and silky creamy on the palate with flavours that reflect the nose, a light sweet oak layer highlighting the oak, vanilla and orchard fruits (described). Medium acidity, medium+ weight, balanced and well-made with a nice lengthy finish. Drink now and through 2024.

Raymond Chan
19.0-/20   5 Stars

Light, golden-hued straw-yellow colour with slight green hues and some depth, lighter on the edge.  The nose is well-proportioned with up-front and full aromas of white and yellow stonefruits along with subtle notes of citrus fruits, and an amalgam of nutty lees and oak, some flinty and mineral complexities and hints of creamy barrel-ferment elements, unfolding a little smoke.  The aromatics show concentration and depth.  Medium-full bodied, the palate has sweetly rich flavours of white and yellow stonefruits along with subtle citrus fruit notes melded with complexing flint and mineral elements,unfolding nutty and delicate toasty oak suggestions.  The flavours are mouthfilling with a rounded,but concentrated core, and lacy acidity lends energy as the wine flows a near-seamless, very fine-textured palate line, leading to a rich finish.  This is a rich and complex Chardonnay with stonefruit, citrus and nutty oak flavours and complexing flint and mineral notes on a mouthfilling, fine-flowing palate.  Match with roasted and grilled seafood and pork dishes over the next 4+ years.  Hand-picked clone 95 fruit from the Reed’s ‘Twin Valleys’ vineyard in the Fareham Lane area at the western end of the Wairau Valley, at the junction with the Waihopai, WBP direct to barrel and indigenous yeast fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 15 months in 7% new oak, undergoing batonnage and 60% MLF.  Dec  2018