Mills Reef

Mills Reef Winery Reserve Chardonnay Hawke's Bay 2013 13%
Lots of oak and oak spice laden stone fruit aromas with roasted peach and nectarine, yellow apple and baked pear; there's also a nuttiness from the oak that is appealing and adds complexity; medium+ complexity overall and a bouquet that Chardonnay fans will identify with a lot.
On the palate - dry, creamy, oaky and rich with flavors that reflect the nose; lots of oak spice laden apple and lemon; baked and roasted stone fruits. After a while the flavor of creme brulee emerges adding further complexity and depth; that nutty note comes back; balanced with a long(ish) finish and medium+ complexity. Drink now and through 2015.
4 Stars