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Radburnd Cellars Chardonnay 2019

Radburnd Cellars Chardonnay 2019


97 POINTS | Sam Kim, Wine Orbit

There are few more respected people in the Hawke’s Bay wine industry than Kate Radburnd. Her long tenure running Pask and numerous governance and judging roles within the industry have created a legacy that she should be extremely proud of.

Now her days are spent on Radburnd Cellars - a no expense spared attempt to make the very best wines of her career. A range of elite, small batch wines are being produced, with the 2018 releases earning high praise from top wine critics. The 2018 chardonnay earned a huge amount of positive chatter from her senior winemaker peers - and the 2019 carries on that run.

While he 2018 was a study in finesse and elegance, the 2019 is made in a slightly more fullsome, rounded style. On the nose it is classic barrel fermented Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay while the palate is showing layers of creamy regional stonefruit and citrus flavours and excellent palate drive. The French oak component adds to the conversation but never dominates proceedings. The finish is very long with plenty of acidity. It’s a style that has clearly been made for the long haul, and while it is already an outstanding glass of Chardonnay, it’s real beauty will be revealed over the coming 5- 6 years. In our view, it is about as good as it gets. Bravo.

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Tasting Notes

The winery writes "A restrained Chardonnay which will unfold with time. Pure citrus notes are supported by gentle mealiness from yeast influence, all encapsulated by balanced acidity. The beautiful structure of Chardonnay enables graceful bottle development, this wine is poised to do just that. Fine subtle sweet French oak completes this elegant wine."

Sam Kim writes "This is a stunning beauty; exquisitely composed and expressed showing nectarine, lemon peel, nougat, hazelnut and oatmeal aromas on the nose, followed by an impressively concentrated palate offering outstanding fruit purity combined with discreet oak infusion. It's refined and flowing to a persistent seamless finish."

Stock Level: High
Vintage: 2019
Volume: 750ML
Seal Type: Screwcap

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