Gibbston Valley

Gibbston Valley 'Gold River' Chardonnay Hawke's Bay 2012 12.5%
Gibbston Valley built its reputation on wines from Central Otago - and maintains that rep' rather well with its love Pinots Noir. 
This Chardonnay wine however is made with fruit from Hawke's Bay.
Lots of Hawke's Bay roasted peach and nectarine fruits in the bouquet followed by creamy and spicy oak suggestions - gentle yet obvious. Moderate youthful complexity.
On the palate - dry and spicy with plenty of toasty oak appeal; there is also a lushness to the stone and tree fruit flavors with the acidity (medium+) emphasizing this feature; Balanced and well made with medium+ length and moderate complexity. A charming and 'easy to swallow' example.
3.5 Stars