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Powerful chardonnay

Elephant Hill Reserve Chardonnay 2015, Hawke’s Bay, NZD $49

A step-up on the regular label, also from the winery’s coastal Te Awanga vineyard, with more concentration, a smoother texture and greater savoury complexity. Grapefruit, a suggestion of pineapple, with toasted nut, spicy oak and caramel in the background. Should develop well. (Screwcap)

Score: 94 ★★★★½ – view on BobCampbell.nz

Alcohol: 13.5%

Ageing: now to 2021

Food: whole baked snapper

Stockists: Elephant Hill WinesFine Wine Delivery Company, Auckland; Vino Fino, Christchurch (NZ); Zenith Wine Agencies, Sydney (AU distributors)

Ranked #8 of 35 2015 Chardonnay tasted from Hawke’s Bay

Price Benchmark: NZD $40.16 Avg 94pt 2015 Chardonnay tasted from New Zealand

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