FIVE STARS 94/100 | Sam Kim, Wine Orbit
The ‘Jewelstone’ wines of Mission have always has a near-mystical aura surrounding them and this 2018 release is a study in premium Hawkes Bay Chardonnay. Hand picked, gently whole bunch pressed and fermented in French oak. Absolutely world class.
The winery writes "The colour is a bright pale straw. The nose is alluring and complex with aromas of grapefruit, lemon meringue and peach blossom. The barrel fermentation imparts butterscotch, brioche and hazelnut character. The palate bursts with intense flavours carried through from the nose. The acidity is in perfect balance keeping the wine fresh and mouth watering. This wine is deliciously rich and full with a long length. The extended barrel maturation has helped seemlessly integrate the oak and lend creaminess to the palate."