Howard Park Chardonnay 2015
Wow. This comes out of the glass at a rate of knots, its intensity almost shocking, and not yielding an inch on the way through to the finish and aftertaste. White peach, pink grapefruit, cedary/toasty oak, electrifying acidity and fused together as they soar through the heights. Screwcap. 13% alc. To 2030. $54; Rating: 97 Points; James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion 2017.
Took me some time to come to grips with this. Howard Park Chardonnay is a bit like that; it needs plenty of air young, or a few years bottle age. Pine-lime, touch of nougat and gentle spiced oak. Medium bodied, slightly tropical but restrained in weight and style, bright acidity, a little gloss, some milky flavours and firm flinty texture. Has particularly good length; really bursts through the finish line with spicy lime infused intensity. Needs time to come together. Alcohol : 13%; Price : $54; Closure : Screwcap; Drink : 2018 - 2025; Rated : 94+ Points; Gary Walsh; The Wine Front
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