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2009 Mission Estate Reserve Chardonnay Hawkes Bay $25

Open on the nose with rather earthy, lightly foresty aromas under a nice hard mineral/steel note, accenting apple fruit and topped with light smoke nuances.  This is somehow intense but with a since of delicacy. On the palate there is lovely purity and cut as this offers up lightly earthy apple peel notes, firm citron pith and a touch of quince, all in a silky and refined package. This finishes with lovely spice notes to the fruit and elegant balance. There’s a deft touch at work here. 91pts

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