New review from Raymond Chan for our Calypso Chardonnay 2014

Karikari Estate ‘Calypso’ Karikari Peninsula Northland Chardonnay 2014  ****

Bright, light, golden-hued yellow colour with some depth, lighter on the edge.  The bouquet has a firm and taut core of ripe tropical fruit with savoury pineapple along with notes of nutty oak, a little smoke and hints of minerals.  The aromatics open softly with good volume to reveal some creamy barrel-ferment and subtle MLF butterscotch elements.  Medium-full bodied, the palate has a moderately concentrated core with flavours of ripe tropical and citrus fruits, entwined with pineapple detail.  The fruit has richness, depth and a degree of unctuousness from the creamy oak and MLF.  The flavours are mouthfilling with an underlying line of alcoholic drive.  The acidity is soft and the wine is quite accessible.  The flavours carry to a rounded, fruity finish.  This is a ripe Chardonnay with accessible flavours of tropical and citrus fruit with creamy barrel-ferment and buttery MLF layers, and good drive.  Match with roasted poultry and pork dishes over the next 3-4 years.  Hand-picked fruit fermented in stainless-steel with 10% in barrel by indigenous yeasts to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 18 months, with 95% MLF.  17.5-/20  Mar 2018  RRP $27.00