92 POINTS | Cameron Douglas MS
The Church Road Gwen range has been crafted in honour of Florence Gwendolen (Gwen), the wife of pioneering Church Road winemaker Tom McDonald. The wines are elegant and refined, drawing on the classic French style of winemaking that Tom McDonald was inspired by.
This 2020 release is a study in fresh, mineral-driven chardonnay with bright stonefruit notes nicely balanced by acidity and subtle nutty characters. A delicious, refreshing glass of wine from this safe set of hands.
The winery writes "A dry, fresh and mineral driven Chardonnay with exceptional length and finesse on the palate. On the nose, the wine is reminiscent of stonefruit, lifted by floral notes with subtle mineral complexity providing depth and interest. While beautiful drinking now, this wine should reward cellaring for at least six years from vintage date. Match with a range of fresh salads, seafood, poultry, & delicate pastas."
Cameron Douglas MS writes "Aromas of fresh golden peach and vanilla, whipped cream, hazel nut and fine toasty wood scents. Youthful, familiar and inviting. A raw silk texture touches the palate first accentuated by acidity and oak then a wave of fresh fruit arrives for contrast and balance. Weighty, fresh, nutty, fruity and youthful."
WineFolio writes "Named in honour of the wife of pioneer winemaker Tom McDonald; hand-picked fruit from the Omaranui vineyard in the Tutaikuri sub-region of Hawke’s Bay. A pale gold in the glass, with a brightly aromatic nose of grapefruit, white peach, cashew nut and lemon blossom. Clean and elegant into the palate, led by a linear acidity. The palate is juicy but crisp, with a balance of stonefruit and citrus. Focussed on minerality and lees-ageing infuences, this Chardonnay is dialled-down in terms of richness and concentration, but gains a Chablis-style finesse, structure and clarity that will make for a compelling food match this summer."