94 POINTS | Cameron Douglas MS
96 POINTS | Sam Kim, Wine Orbit
Flagship wine from a producer with a wonderful Chardonnay track record. Irwin Chardonnay is a tribute to the late Bill Irwin and his son Denis, the founders of Matawhero. It's a complex, barrel fermented style with an ethereal texture and wonderful persistence. Tight, creamy acidity keeps the finish clean and fresh.
This is world class wine in any context - approachable now but with serious cellar potential.
The winery writes "This flagship Chardonnay expresses a medley of peach and melon flavours, overlaid with toasty oak. A rich, ripe style with finely integrated oak and a taut but harmonious acidity on the finish."
Sam Kim writes "A stunning offering with outstanding concentration and complexity; the engaging bouquet shows golden peach, baked fig, vanillin oak and brioche characters, followed by a sumptuous palate that's both powerful and refined. Wonderfully harmonious and seamless with an impressively long gratifying finish."