FIVE STARS | Michael Cooper
94 POINTS | Cameron Douglas MS
An excellent release from the Stonecroft team. Only produced when vintage conditions result in exceptional fruit, this is toasty, creamy Hawke's Bay Chardonnay in all its glory. With 100% malolactic fermentation and maturation in French oak, this is rich, textural wine that will develop well with a few years in the cellar.
Michael Cooper writes "The impressive 2019 vintage (5*) is a rare wine only three barrels were made. From vines planted in Mere Road in 1992, it was hand-picked, fermented and matured for 10 months in French oak casks (35 per cent new), and given a full, softening malolactic fermentation. Bright, light lemon/green, it is mouthfilling and sweet-fruited, with concentrated, ripe stonefruit flavours, showing excellent complexity, a slightly creamy texture and a rich, harmonious finish. Already delicious, it should be at its best 2022+."
Cameron Douglas MS writes "A very inviting bouquet with a complex package of aromas from stone fruit to gun flint, grapefruit peel to baked apple, vanilla and cashew to brazil nut and a light lees autolysis. Ripe fruited, stony soils and toasty smoky oak layers. On the palate - full-bodied, weighty and packed with flavours of oak, nuts, baked stone fruit and stones. The wood tannins add an extra dimension to the texture and length. Overall a youthful wine with cellar time needed to bring all the attributes together in harmony. Best drinking from late 2021 through 2026."