95 POINTS | Cameron Douglas, MS
FIVE STARS 95/100 | Sam Kim, WIne Orbit
RICH AND REWARDING BF CHARDONNAY FROM A TOP HAWKES BAY CHARDONNAY VINTAGE.
This premium Hawkes Bay Chardonnay comes with a proven pedigree and, once again, winemaker Dave McKee has delivered a masterclass with this 2020 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 wine and our clear favourite from the trusted Black Barn portfolio.
The winery writes "Our most awarded wine. With aromas of stone fruit and citrus, layered with toast and spice from 100% barrel fermentation and extended barrel ageing."
Sam Kim writes "It's gorgeously styled and expressed with apricot, mango, vanillin oak and roasted hazelnut aromas on the nose with a hint of oatmeal complexity. The concentrated palate displays outstanding weight and focus, wonderfully complemented by creamy texture and beautifully pitched acidity, making it harmonious and persistent."
Cameron Douglas writes "Complex and very sophisticated bouquet with aromas of fresh apricot and red apple, peach and lees complexity. There’s a fine layer of wood spices and white smoke. Silk cream texture as the wine engages the palate then contrasting impact from acidity and oak, barrel-fermentation flavours with a toasty leesy complexity and fruit flavours that mirror the nose. Complex and seamless, very youthful, primary and curious. A lovely example, well made and ready for drinking from early 2022 through 2029+."