Church Road McDonald Series Chardonnay Hawkes Bay 2015 – $
13.5% Pale gold $$
Premium fruit, whole-bunch pressed and wild fermented.
Layered, funky, old-world nose, with nutty and crusty bread aromas. A little reductive, which appeals to me.
Weighty ripe stonefruit in the mouth up front; then there is the soft mouthfeel in the mid-palate from the malo treatment, laying off then to the texture and bitterness of toasty oak. A raspy stoic finish.
I liked it very much. A bit more acidity would make this champion.