Stylish and powerful

Smith & Sheth CRU Mangatahi Vineyard Chardonnay 2015, Hawke’s Bay, NZD $60

Elegant and quite powerful chardonnay with subtle hazelnut, grapefruit, struck flint, jalapeno pepper, brioche, root ginger and spicy oak flavours. A stylish wine that’s long and linear with an ethereal texture. Good now but should develop well with bottle age. (Screwcap)

Score: 96 ★★★★★ – view Bob’s original tasting

Alcohol: 13%

Ageing: now to 2022

Food: Roast Snapper, cauliflower puree, grapes, chicken cracklin’, chicken jus

Stockists: Wine Direct, Caro’s Wines & Glengarry Wines, Auckland (NZ). New Zealand only

Ranked: #5 of 56 2015 Chardonnay from Hawke’s Bay

Awarded: Top Rank

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