18/20 | Raymond Chan.
FIVE STARS 94/100 | Sam Kim, Wine Orbit.
RECOMMENDED | Winestate Magazine.
Blessed with some of the best grape-growing land in New Zealand's Northland region,The Landing vineyard produces award-winning, sustainable wines. It's also home to world class boutique accomodation that was chosen for President Obama on his 2018 New Zealand visit.
This 2016 is an opulently styled wine, rich wine with the power and creamy elements to 'wow' the Chardonnay die-hards, but those classic characters are balanced an elegance that tips its hat to the modern New Zealand Chardonnay style. An impressive release. It comes highly recommended.
Raymond Chan writes "’‘Bright, light golden-hued yellow colour, a little lighter on the rim. The nose is softly fresh and full, with deep and concentrated aromas of ripe tropical fruit and citrus fruits, along with savoury mealy notes, creamy barrel-ferment and nutty oak elements, unfolding a gentle layering of butterscotch MLF aromas. Medium-full bodied, the palate has good depth of ripe citrus and tropical fruits entwined with yellow stonefruits, complexed by creamy barrel-ferment, nutty oak, savoury mealiness and subtle butterscotch MLF. The mouthfeel is rounded, rich and succulent with some acid liveliness, and the wine carries to a sweet-fruited finish of tropical fruits and nutty oak. This is a ripe, sweet tropical and citrus-fruited Chardonnay with creamy and nutty oak, savoury mealy detail on a rich palate.’"