93 POINTS | Cameron Douglas MS
Produced to honour pioneering Mission Estate winemaker, Brother Cyprian Huchet, this is the highest tier of wine from this iconic Hawke's Bay producer. It's only made in very small quantities in outstanding vintages and is given every attention in the winery. This 2018 Chardonnay is glorious, opulent and ripe. A stunning wine that will cellar for 10+ years.
The winery writes "This 2018 Chardonnay is complex and sweet showing toasty and buttery aromas with peach and hints of almond. Ripe citrus and juicy stonefruit flavours, the palate is full bodied, rich with a fine structure, excellent fruit intensity and a long finish. The vintage will cellar gracefully for 10-20 years – the perfect gift or special occasion wine, it comes packed in its own individual gift box."
Cameron Douglas writes "Grown and bottled by Mission Estate Huchet Chardonnay -named after Brother Cyprian Huchet, one of New Zealand’s pioneering winemakers (circa 1870) is a captivating wine with a spun gold hue and very bright appearance leading to aromas of stone fruit and barrel spices, roasted cashew and brazil nut, burnt butter and apple, and a light sweet raw sugar scent. On the palate - the wine is creamy, rich in flavour and texture with fruit flavours of roasted nectarine and apricot, baked apple and grapefruit peel. With medium acidity and super fine wood tannins the texture transitions from creamy to tense enhanced by the flavours of citrus and French oak. Lengthy finish, full-bodied, nutty, packed with flavours of stone fruits and citrus, it’s rather delicious and definitely ready. Best drinking is upon purchase and through 2025."