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Askerne The Archer Chardonnaytext
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Askerne The Archer Chardonnay 2019

Hawkes Bay, North Island, New ZealandThis is the first Archer Chardonnay and this wine represents the pinnacle of this variety from Askerne. Predominantly Mendoza (55%), this blends in 27% Clone 95 and 18% Clone 15, grown on the stony sands of the lower terrace. After a whole bunch press, this was partial native fermented, with partial MLF, in French oak (45% new) and aged on lees for 11 months with occasional b√Ętonnage. Full and rich, with a vanilla undercurrent filling the mouth, and wood spice framing baked pear, lemon curd on a viscous palate. A sharp cut of lemon pith acidity driving this big wine through a wood spiced finish. Very much in youth, this should settle with time in bottle.Tasted: 02 January 2021Tasted by: Treve RingPrices: NZ 50.00 New Zealand Producer: AskerneGrape: Chardonnay