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Matawhero Chardonnay 2014

Matawhero Chardonnay 2014
Matawhero Chardonnay 2014

Gisborne, North Island, New Zealand

Community Score: 4.4/5
Community Reviews: 5
Price: $19.95
Sweetness: Dry
Alcohol: 14.2%

Drink: 2016-2018

Bottle size: 750 ml
Winery: Matawhero

Greg Hughes rated this wine as 90/100 with the following review:

3 Reasons to drink Gisborne Chardonnay: 1) They delicious, 2) They love to experiment (wild yeast, different malo levels, clonal variation), 3) Gisborne accounts for less than 4% of NZ wine, so take ever opportunity.
This wine may be unoaked, but it went through full malolactic fermentation and received some nice lees aging along the way.
Youthful and delicate colouring - very pale lemon, with light green hues.
The aromas have great ripeness - good for carrying this wine's high alcohol (14%+). Peach (verging on peach candy), lemon, hulled wheat, and some lactic notes. Orchard flower aromas emerge a bit as it sits out - some funky lees, too.
The flavours are full and tropical. Loads of pineapple, nectarine, peach,and guava. Some caramel and brioche present. There's decent body and length. Matawhero represents a good balance between traditional winemaking methodology and the technological micromanagement reflective of New Zealand viticulture.
This would be a great wine to find on a wine list, as I can imagine a lot of excellent pairing suggestions for it (green olives, crab legs, BBQ chicken thighs, potato chips). Drink or hold for a few years.


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