RICH AND REWARDING BF CHARDONNAY FROM A TOP HAWKE'S BAY PRODUCER
GOLD MEDAL & TROPHY WINNER | Hawke's Bay Wine Awards 2023
GOLD MEDAL | NZIWS 2023
FIVE STARS 96/100 | Sam Kim, Wine Orbit
A TOP WINE OF 2023 & 95/100 'Outstanding' | Cameron Douglas MS
This premium Hawke's Bay Chardonnay comes with a proven previous pedigree and, once again, winemaker Dave McKee has delivered a masterclass with this 2022 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.
Cameron Douglas MS writes "Rich and bold, nutty and fresh, aromas of toasty wood and barrel spices, white and yellow stone fruits, grapefruit peel and roasted Brazil-nut butter cream. There’s a lees and oak spice in combination adding depth and complexity to a youthful and enticing bouquet overall. A full-bodied, taut and youthful, silken-cream wine touches the palate first, then flavours of white stone fruits, apple and citrus follow. Acidity, nut and tannins layer in mouthfeel and additional texture leading to lengthy exacting finish."
Sam Kim, Wine Orbit writes "Exquisitely composed and elegantly expressed, the wine shows lemon pith, white flesh stone fruit, nougat, oatmeal and wet limestone nuances on the nose, leading to a concentrated palate displaying outstanding focus and drive. Finely textured and seamlessly flowing to a persistent structured finish."
The winery writes "Complex and very sophisticated bouquet with aromas of fresh apricot and red apple, peach and lees complexity. Complex and seamless, very youthful, primary and curious."