Kokolo Vineyard Chardonnay 2016

Kokolo Vineyard Chardonnay 2016
SKU: KV-CH-16

Five star - Sam Kim Wine Orbit Review
Four star - Raymond Chan

This chardonnay has abundant fruit character on the nose with toasty oak, coconut and marmalade, enhanced with dried apricots, butter and biscuit. The palette is rich with caramel and stone fruit, balanced with a natural acidity and extended length.

RRP: $32.00

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Country New Zealand
Region Banks Peninsula, Canterbury
Vineyard Kokolo Vineyard, Teddington, Lyttelton Harbour
Block Winton
Variety Chardonnay
Year 2016
Harvest Date 16 April 2016
Brix at Harvest 25.0
Viticulturist(s) Cliff Woods and the Pattinson family. Crop load was closely managed and the canopy kept open to minimise disease and maximise maturation. Harvest was by hand.
Soils Loessal
Winemakers Dom Maxwell and Gavin Tait
Winemaking Fully barrel-fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 12 months in French seasoned oak with batonnage and MLF.
Colour Full, light golden-yellow
Bouquet The nose is full and softly packed with deep and voluminous aromas of rich, ripe tropical fruit and citrus fruits harmoniously melded with creamy barrel-ferment and nutty oak layers and entwined with butterscotch MLF notes.
Palate Medium-full bodied, the palate is rich and lusciously fruited with up-front flavours of ripe tropical fruits entwined with creamy and nutty oak, and buttery MLF. The mouthfeel is plush with a soft-textured core and line, with bright acidity in support. The flavours carry with some underlying alcoholic drive, leading to a long, buttery finish. This is a rich, plush and up-front Chardonnay with ripe tropical fruit, creamy and nutty oak and plenty of butterscotch MLF flavours.
Release Date July 2017
Cellaring Up to 6–8 years
Analysis pH: 3.19
TA: 10.08 g/L
Alcohol: 14.0% v/v (8.3 Standard drinks)

Reviews

Sam Kim Wednesday, 15 April 2020
Richly fruited and beautifully expressed, the bouquet shows grilled peach, rockmelon, nougat, vanilla and toasted hazelnut characters. The palate is succulent and wonderfully weighted, delivering loads of delectable flavours and creamy texture, elegantly framed by soft acidity. The wine is immediate and generous, and offers terrific drinking. 93 points - 5 star
Raymond Chan Wednesday, 15 April 2020
Full, light golden-yellow colour with some depth. The nose is full and softly packed with deep and voluminous aromas of rich, ripe tropical fruit and citrus fruits harmoniously melded with creamy barrel-ferment and nutty oak layers and entwined with butterscotch MLF notes. Medium-full bodied, the palate is rich and lusciously fruited with up-front flavours of ripe tropical fruits entwined with creamy and nutty oak, and buttery MLF. The mouthfeel is plush with a soft-textured core and line, with bright acidity in support. The flavours carry with some underlying alcoholic drive, leading to a long, buttery finish. This is a rich, plush and up-front Chardonnay with ripe tropical fruit, creamy and nutty oak and plenty of butterscotch MLF flavours. Match with roast pork. 17.5/20 - 4 star
Yvonne Lorkin Wednesday, 15 April 2020
An intensely delicious chardonnay that spit and cracks pineapple, citrus and rockets of roast stone fruit at you. The bold acidity boosts the punchy, tangerine-like texture and it oozes caramelised spices and toasty complexity. It’s brazen and takes no prisoners – exactly my kind of chardonnay. 4.5 stars
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