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Keltern Chardonnay, Villa Maria Estate 2020

RegionNew Zealand
Subregion New Zealand > Hawkes Bay
Grape VarietyChardonnay

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Tasting Notes

The 2020 Chardonnay Keltern is taking no prisoners in 2020. It is an uncompromising, firm expression. Concentrated and textural, it remains clean, taut and athletic, pulled through from the starting gun to the finish line by a lime-like citrusy acidity alongside flinty notes and classy new-wood-derived hazelnuts (barrel fermentation). It's clearly had a lot of TLC in both the vineyard and the winery, but it's a little uptight and urgent at the moment; patience will be rewarded. Drink 2023 - 2033.

Rebecca Gibb MW, vinous.com, January 2022

Fantastic bouquet with piercing aromas of ripe stone fruits and gun-flint, fresh white fleshed orchard fruits, fine new barrel scents and soft baking spice moments. Complex, detailed and seductive. Even better on the palate with a pure fruit core showcasing flavours of grapefruit and stone fruits, citrus pith and wet pebble minerality. Fine tannins and plenty of acidity, a youthful complex and vibrant example.

Cameron Douglas MS, September 2021
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