Matawhero Gisborne 'Church House' Barrel fermented Chardonnay 2013
Plenty of barrel ferment in the bouquet with roasted stone fruits and cashew laced popcorn, a burnt butter and butterscotch layer as well; vanilla and light brown spices round out and finish the aroma profile. On the palate - classic style - with nutty, buttery and bold full-bodied expression - peach and roasted stone fruit flavors with raw brown sugar and vanilla spiced oak flavors; medium+ (ish) acidity, a few wood tannins and medium length. Overall a crowd pleasing wine with 2-3 years maturity ahead.
85 Points