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Paddy Borthwick Chardonnaytext

Paddy Borthwick Chardonnay 2020

Wairarapa, North Island, New ZealandFrom Wairarapa's Gladstone subregion and own-rooted chardonnay planted in 1997 on stony, alluvial soils, this was whole berry pressed and transferred to French puncheons for a native ferment, with little MLF, and ten months in French oak puncheons (20% new) before blending and bottling. Opening with a wave of reduction, this segues into a plump palate of lemon curd, crushed stone, nougat, popcorn, and flake salts, running long on the saline finish. This bigger, fuller, textural wine has years ahead.Tasted: 11 November 2022Tasted by: Treve RingPrices:
Producer: Borthwick VineyardsDistributors: New World Wines Incorporated
Grape: ChardonnayUPC: 9421005520026