95 POINTS | Cam Douglas MS
95 POINTS | Bob Campbell MW, The Real Review
Truly outstanding Hawkes Bay Chardonnay from lauded winemaker Tony Bish. Vinted in a 100% barrel fermented, tour de force style this is a powerful wine that showcases the natural exhuberance of the famed Skeetfield Vineyards dry farmed, old vine Mendoza clones. Stock is extremely limited. Be quick.
Cam Douglas writes "Exciting, sophisticated, varietal, complex, flinty moments with aromas of citrus peel and white peach, red apple and cashew, roasted nectarine and vanilla toasty wood spices. Complex. On the palate - immediately engages the senses with textures of oak and acidity, wood tannins and fruit flavours, a lovely mealy almost salty note. Weighty, creamy yet firmly youthful, lengthy complex finish. A wine for the cellar till 2021 or decant for service. Delicious!"
Bob Campbell writes "From 26-year-old, unirrigated Mendoza-clone vines. Rich, concentrated chardonnay with peach, grapefruit, ginger, toasted nut, and spicy oak flavours. A powerful wine with syrup-like intensity and texture supported by fine, fruity acidity. Good now but should cellar well."