FIVE STARS 95/100 Sam Kim | Wine Orbit.
92/100 | Bob Campbell MW
Top 50 Wines of the Year | Jo Burzynska - Viva Magazine.
This premium Hawkes Bay Chardonnay comes with a proven pedigree and ,once again, winemaker Dave McKee has delivered a showstopper with this 2014 release. This is a powerful barrel fermented wine whose natural generosity is balanced with a delightful seam of fresh acidity. The palate is mouth filling and persistent. World class.
FIVE STARS 95/100 Sam Kim | Wine Orbit writes "This is awesome. Elegant and youthful, yet concentrated and persistent with complex aromas of white nectarine, rockmelon, subtle vanilla and almond. It is beautifully layered and richly textured on the palate, and finishes seamless and expansive. A gorgeous wine. At its best: now to 2022."
Winning Whites Jo Burzynska | Viva Magazine writes "Though 2013 was a much acclaimed vintage in Hawke’s Bay, from tasting the fruits of the following vintage, I think 2014 was even better for the region’s chardonnays, as evidenced by this fine barrel-fermented example from Black Barn. There’s depth and finesse to its weighty but taut palate of restrained stonefruits, fresh grapefruit, flinty mineral and a discreet, well-integrated sandalwood oak character."