Citrus and spice

Babich Irongate Chardonnay 2016, Hawke’s Bay, NZD $39.95

Moderately weighty chardonnay with white peach, citrus, grapefruit and assertive spicy oak flavours. The wine has an appealingly ethereal texture and lengthy finish. Needs a little bottle age but approachable now. (Screwcap)

Score: 94 ★★★★ – view Bob’s original tasting

Alcohol: 13.5%

Ageing: now to 2023

Food: Smoked duck, oranges, macadamia, wild fennel and honey

Stockists: Eurovintage (NZ distributor); Domaine Wine Shippers (AU distributors)

Ranked: #10 of 48 2016 Chardonnay from Hawke’s Bay

Awarded: Top Rank

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