Mills Reef Winery 'Elspeth' Chardonnay Hawke's Bay 2013 13.5%
Bold, rich and powerful bouquet with a very sweet vanillin, spices and roasted fruits, brazil nut and cashew complexity; suggestions of butterscotch, caramel and even popcorn come to mind as well.
On the palate - very dry, and as powerful as the nose suggests - baked and roasted fruits, some zesty citrus peel appeal; noticeable oak spices and flavors with new oak, vanilla, caramel and baked custard flavors. Balanced with medium+ length and a richly flavored finish.
Drink now and through 2016.