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Collaboration Wines Aurulent Chardonnay
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Collaboration Wines Aurulent Chardonnay 2019

Hawkes Bay, North Island, New ZealandAurulent is named after the colour gold. This is 70% clone 15, and 30% Mendoza clone, from Kokako Vineyard in Ohiti Valley (old riverbed) and Askerene Vineyard, in Havelock North (clay, silt, loams). This was whole bunch pressed to 30% new French oak for a native ferment and full MLF. The wine aged there on lees for 11 months with regular b√Ętonnage before a light filtration and bottling. Bright lemon and hazelnut drives this direct, shining wine, backed by alluring flicks of reduction and a shimmer of minerality. There's a swirl of white florals seasoning the slender 13% palate to the wood spiced finish. Lovely energy throughout, this is drinking beautifully now, and with capacity for aging.Tasted: 02 January 2021Tasted by: Treve RingPrices: NZ 35.00 New Zealand Producer: Collaboration WinesGrape: Chardonnay