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Askerne The Archer Chardonnaytext

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