FIVE STARS 95/100 | Sam Kim, Wine Orbit
Classic Hawke's Bay Chardonnay from Steve Smith MW - the man who drove the winemaking programme for Craggy Range for many years. Now producing wine under his own banner with American tech billionaire Brian Sheth, you won't be disappointed with this premium example. A middle weight Chardonnay bursting with elegant toasty characters and lingering citrus flavours providing texture and depth with a delicious acidity. You can't go wrong.
The winery writes "Vibrant pale straw colour with some green tinges. Fresh and fruit driven, almost Chablis-like in style. Complex and light on its feet. Vibrant acidity balanced by a creamy, lingering texture."
Sam Kim writes "Elegant yet powerful, the wine shows ripe stone fruit, fig, lemon pith, vanilla and roasted cashew characters on the nose with a hint of oatmeal complexity. It is superbly weighted on the palate with silky texture and refined mouthfeel, firmly structured by bright acidity."