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Alchemy Chardonnay 2019
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Alchemy Chardonnay 2019

FIVE STARS 95/100 | Sam Kim, Wine Orbit
94 POINTS | Cameron Douglas MS

Vigneron Neal Cave is one of Hawkes Bay's finest Chardonnay growers and he has produced some truly stunning wines over the years. This is one of them.

From the brilliant 2019 vintage, this is vinted from handpicked fruit and 100% barrel fermented with approx 45% new oak. It explodes on the palate with creamy flavours in the classic lemon-brulee spectrum, some toasty oak complexity and a fresh line of acidity that counters the natural fruit weight of this powerhouse wine. A very subtle touch of flinty gunsmoke on the nose adds a modern touch but this robust release is all about the beauty of tour de force Hawke's Bay Chardonnay.  

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Tasting Notes

Sam Kim writes "95 pts. Gorgeously composed and elegantly expressed, the wine shows white flesh peach, fig, lemon peel, vanilla and roasted cashew notes on the nose, leading to a concentrated palate offering excellent weight and focus, backed by bright acidity, finishing impressively long and engaging. It's stylish and refined with splendid poise and persistency.”

Cameron Douglas MS writes "94 pts. Complex, ripe and fruity bouquet with aromas equally divided between yellow stone fruits and French oak toasty barrel spices, raw cashew nut and a fine gun-flint and mineral layers. Delicious on the palate with a full-bodied power, youthful tension, fine tannins, plenty of acidity and core of ripe yellow fleshed fruits. Smoky, toasty barrel spices follow leaving a nutty oily richness and residue adding to a lengthy finish. Well made with a choice of immediate drinkability or cellar time with best drinking from early 2022 through 2026."

The winery writes "Alchemy 2019 Chardonnay was created from selectively picked fruit, which was whole bunch pressed and fermented and aged in French oak barrels for a year. The resulting wine displays aromas of nectarine and baking spice, with a crème fraîche complexity. The texture is rich and broad, as a result of the perfectly ripened fruit and barrel and malolactic fermentations."

Stock Level: High
Vintage: 2019
Seal Type: Screwcap

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