FIVE STARS 18.5/20 | Raymond Chan
FIVE STARS | Michael Cooper.
94/100 FIVE STARS | Sam Kim, Wine Orbit.
Stunning, repeat stunning, barrel fermented Hawkes Bay Chardonnay from one of New Zealand's true Chardonnay gurus. Beautifully presented in lay down cellar 6 packs this robust release pays homage to the heartwood french oak that is the cornerstone of this barrel fermented wine. Powerful and structured, this is quality all the way and, in our view, a veritable bargain by premium Chardonnay standards. This is Hawkes Bay Chardonnay all the way. Some tighter, flinty characters merge seamlessly with classic regional stonefuit and lemon cream flavours. Fantastic stuff.
STOCK IS, FRUSTRATINGLY, VERY LIMITED.
Buy some. Try one. Then lay the rest down and let the magic unfold over time. You won't be disappointed.
Raymond Chan writes "Medium-bodied, the palate has sweetly rich and softly concentrated flavours of yellow stonefruits and a little citrus fruit, along with creamy barrel-ferment and lifted, nutty oak elements. The fruit forms a rounded, moderately concentrated and well-balanced core, with a fresh underlay of lacy acidity that lends freshness and energy. The wine carries with good linearity to a lingering finish. This is a gently rounded and concentrated Chardonnay with stonefruit, lifted oak vanillins and nutty oak detail on a fresh, linear palate."