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Church Road Grand Reserve Chardonnay 2020
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Church Road Grand Reserve Chardonnay 2020

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Hawkes Bay, New Zealand

TROPHY, BEST IN SHOW | Decanter World Wine Awards
97 POINTS | Decanter World Wine Awards
94 POINTS | Cameron Douglas MS
GOLD MEDAL | IWSC

A powerful, all conquering release from Church Road. Produced only in the best vintages Grand Reserve is always exceptional drinking - a full bodied style with stonefruit and toasty characters on the nose that follow through on the palate to a long and lingering finish. Powerful wine, yet remaining elegant in true Church Road style. Bravo. 

 

 

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Tasting Notes

The winery writes "A fuller bodied Chardonnay balanced by gentle, fresh acidity and a spine of slate like minerality. Fresh zesty citrus and citrus blossom notes are to the fore this year with riper, richer stonefruit underlying and providing extra depth. The fruit is overlaid with complexities of roasted nuts, toasted brioche, and a wisp of struck flint and gun smoke. Already drinking exceptionally well, with careful cellaring we expect this wine to continue to mature gracefully for 5 years or more from vintage date."

Cameron Douglas MS writes "Complex, bold, varietal, smoky and toasty spices bouquet. An attention seeking aroma package leads to a full-bodied expression on the palate with flavours of roasted stone fruits and barrel spices, fine wood tannins and contrasting acid line. Peach and baked apple, grapefruit and quince, a touch of honey and tropical fruit. A delicious, fresh and textured wine ticking all the boxes of flavour and texture, power and panache."

DWWA judges write "With two wines in this year's Best In Show selection, Hawkes's Bay has excelled -- and our judges, too, were particularly happy that the North Island winegrowers’ slow, painstaking work teasing Chardonnay levels ever higher are patently paying off. This outstanding wine has a bright gold colour with faint lime glints. Freshness and richness are beautifully paired in the aromas -- to an extent which is perhaps only possible south of the equator in New Zealand. That gives this wine a memorable classicism, Burgundy-lovers might note. In the mouth, it is concentrated and confident, once again striding down that line between the fresh and the rich to vivacious effect. No hurry to drink: a year or two's cellar softening will bring great benefits here."

Food Pairing
Chicken
Chicken
Pork
Pork
Cheese
Cheese
Stock Level: Limited
Vintage: 2020
Volume: 750ml
Alcohol: 14.0
Seal Type: Screwcap
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Boooootiful

Best tasting Chardonnay I’ve had for a while..