FIVE STARS | Michael Cooper
FIVE STARS | Bob Campbell MW
FIVE STARS 96/100 | Sam Kim, Wine Orbit
95/100 'Outstanding' | Cameron Douglas
18.5/20 | Joelle Thomson
97/100 | Candice Chow, Raymond Chan Wine Reviews
Complex, alluring chardonnay that sources fruit from Elephant Hill's Bridge Pa vineyards. This is a fine example of modern barrel-fermented Hawke's Bay Chardonnay - with generous fruit weight and creamy mouthfeel never losing sight of the elegance that the great chardonnays require. A light reductive / flinty touch on the nose and some mineral tension on the palate bring an extra, modern dimension. Another lovely release from Elephant Hill. Quality all the way here. No risk!
Bob Campbell MW writes "Single vineyard wine from the Bridge Pa Triangle subregion of Hawke’s Bay. Intense chardonnay with grapefruit, lemon curd, oyster shell, ginger, cashew nut and spicy oak flavours."
Cameron Douglas MS writes "A bouquet that becomes more complex as the wine opens up in glass. Aromas of orchard fruits - apple and pear, white fleshed stone fruits with some yellow fleshed fruit highlights. There’s a softness and complexity from the oak with a mix of baking spices, nut and new wood tones. A whisper of reduction layers in some gunflint and mineral earth qualities. Excellent weight and texture on the palate with a back bone of acidity contrasted by flavours of stone fruits and now some citrus qualities. The oak layers in mouthfeel and complexity with a fine layer of tannin and breadth across the palate. Delicious, youthful and lengthy, a wine to savor."
Sam Kim, Wine Orbit writes "It’s wonderfully ripe and inviting on the nose with grilled peach, fig, orange peel and vanillin oak aromas, leading to a superbly weighted palate offering fleshy texture backed by beautifully pitched acidity. The wine displays wonderful presence and structure, making it delectable and hugely appealing."