FIVE STARS 18.5/20 | Raymond Chan
FIVE STARS 93/100 | Sam Kim, Wine Orbit. "Fabulous drinking already."
Undoubtedly one of the cult Chardonnay releases on the New Zealand wine scene.
NEW RELEASE of a sublime Hawkes Bay Chardonnay from guru winemaker Rod McDonald's experimental One Off range. This time the focus is on new Chardonnay clones from his vineyards and barrel fermentation in Hungarian oak. Though it is undoubtedly a very modern style with some flinty characters on the nose and palate, the wine is golden, mouthfilling and classically bold with fruit weight assisted with rich lemon-cream characters and spicy oak.
In true One Off style this is another Limited Edition release and when it's gone, it's gone. There'll never be another. If you're a premium Chardonnay lover, it's time to get involved.
FIVE STARS 18.5/20 Raymond Chan: "Bright, even, straw-yellow colour with slight green-gold hues, paler on the edge. The nose is elegant in proportion with fresh aromas of yellow stonefruits and hints of citrus fruit with mealy elements, melded with subtle creamy barrel-ferment elements, nutty oak and a little lemon-curd MLF. This is refreshing with clarity of fruit expression alongside the inputs. Medium-bodied, the palate has fresh, lively and up-front flavours of white and yellow stonefruits entwined with creamy and nutty oak, mealy nuances and some harmoniously interwoven lemon-curd MLF. The fruit forms a tight, well-concentrated core and the palate is enlivened by brisk, racy acidity, The wine flows along a fine-textured line, leading to a sweet-fruited, zesty finish with good length. This is a bright and lively, up-front Chardonnay with stonefruit, mealy and nutty flavours along with MLF elements on a crisp, racy palate. Match with grilled and roasted seafood or poultry dishes over the next 4 years. A blend of clones 121, 809 and 548, from the company’s Maraekakaho vineyard, WBP and fully barrel-fermented, partially with indigenous yeasts to 12.0% alc., the wine aged 10 months in 25% new oak, undergoing some batonnage and 75% MLF."