Intense chardonnay

Babich Irongate Chardonnay 2015, Hawke’s Bay, NZD $39.95

Fleshy, generous chardonnay with ripe peach, subtle mango, a squeeze of lime and nicely integrated toasted nut and bran biscuit characters. An intense, perfectly balanced wine that can be appreciated now but should develop well. (Screwcap)

Score: 95 ★★★★★ – view on

Alcohol: 13.5%

Ageing: now to 2022

Food: Octopus, smoked chilli, skordalia, tomato, oregano

Stockists: Glengarry Wines, Auckland; Advintage, Hawke’s Bay (NZ); Domaine Wine Shippers (AU distributors)

Ranked #5 of 43 2015 Chardonnay tasted from Hawke’s Bay

Price Benchmark: NZD $46.31 Avg 95pt 2015 Chardonnay tasted from New Zealand

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