Pask Small Batch Chardonnay ‘Sur Lie’ 2014

Pask Sur Lie Chardonnay

Made by Kate Radburnd in tanks at cool temperatures, with no oak. ‘Sur Lie’ indicates that the wine is kept on the dead yeast cells (lie) – these are then stirred to add texture to the finished wine. A straw-yellow colour with fresh nose of crisp red apple, lemon and nectarine. Full of fruit and vitality – decently weighty, with a rich silky texture. 

A busy rush of acidity adds tension… but the lack of oak, for me, leaves the palate unbalanced and wanting. An absence of spice or toasted nuttiness that a dab of oak brings (or if, perhaps, aiming for a Chablis style – then a mineral edge) feels shallow and unfulfilled. Not a bad wine at all – it’s vigorous and piquant, but it’s not what I’m expecting from a fine NZ Chardonnay – especially one from a great Hawke’s Bay producer.


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