20 Top New Zealand Chardonnays

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2010 Highfield Chardonnay $27

Toasty nutty oak greets the nose along with a bit of bacon, dried lime and lemon peels all over heirloom apple with a hint of apricot. Medium scaled on the palate if in a pretty rich style, this shows a lot of leesy creaminess, yet still maintains some fine tension in the mouth. There is fine intensity on the backend, and super well-integrated acids on the finish, as well as a nice hint of tannin, that gives this some texture. The oak also emerges on the finale with a distinct wood spice note. 90pts
 

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