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 2020 vintage, this is boldly styled premium wine with real weight and presence and those delicious creamy butterscotch flavours that fans of traditional Hawke's 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.
Sam Kim writes "It’s gorgeously ripe and complex on the nose with golden peach, vanilla, roasted hazelnut and popcorn characters. The concentrated palate delivers terrific weight and intensity, beautifully complemented by creamy texture and fleshy mouthfeel. Delectably expressed and lingering."