93/100 | Cameron Douglas MS
FIVE STARS 94/100 | Sam Kim, Wine Orbit
Robust tour de force barrel fermented Chardonnay from one of the original Gimblett Gravels stars. Vinted from the spectacular 2019 vintage, this is boldly styled premium wine with real weight and presence and those delicious creamy butterscotch flavours that fans of traditional Hawkes Bay Chardonnay adore. Expect silken mouthfeel, some lovely toasty oak complexity and a long, persistent finish.
This wonderful single vineyard wine is already drinking well but comes with proven cellar provenance. Enjoy now or cellar with confidence over the coming decade.
Cam Douglas MS writes "Aromas of French oak and yellow fleshed stone fruits, grapefruit peel and raw sugar, blond tobacco and warm crushed stones. On the palate - dry, full-bodied and tasty with flavours of orchard fruits and oak, medium + acidity and a noticeable bite of wood. Salivating and lightly saline with a fine tannins, an overall chalk-like texture and a lengthy finish. Well made, youthful and still on its journey to full integration and harmony. Best drinking from 2021 through 2025+."