Fermentation defines the character
DEBORAH WALTON-DERRY & PETER MORICE
Osawa Hawke's Bay Prestige Collection Chardonnay 2010 ($39)
We continue to be impressed by Osawa wines and this chardonnay is no exception. A big wine at 14.5 per cent abv, it retains its poise and irresistibility.
Straw coloured with a gentle stone fruit, vanilla and cream aroma - all the power and finesse is on the palate.
Satin textured with ginger, soda and apple cider flavours that are quite crisp. By mid-palate sweet lemon and some classy oak are in the mix; the length, integration and complexity this wine displays say it all.