92/100 | Cameron Douglas MS
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This is Tony Bish's 'consumer friendly' version of orange (skin contact) chardonnay. Tony writes "I have tried many ‘Orange’ wines that have been fermented on skins and left for long periods to age on skins, and to be honest, I usually find them excessively phenolic, bitter and often oxidative. So I have tried a very different approach! Handpicked Chardonnay was gentle de-stemmed through a specialist Socma destemmer, resulting in whole berries and no stems. We then foot crushed the berries before fermenting in an open top fermenter in a chilled barrel room. As soon as the ferment was dry, we transferred the young wine to a concrete egg for 11 months maturation."
We think that it's a bright wine with layers of citrus freshness and while there is some obvious funky skin contact complexity, the appeal for commercial Chardonnay fans remains. It's a tangy and exciting release from a producer better known for nailing the classical Hawkes Bay Chardonnay style.
Cameron Douglas MS writes "A complex, intriguing and enticing bouquet of Chardonnay. Takes more than a few sniffs to get all the content and story of this example - aromas of chalk and texture, red apple skin and dry citrus peel, some floral moments and a core of energy. Dry on the palate with a core of texture and skin contact derived flavours - hard to describe so I'll just suggest you try the wine and decide for yourself - suffice to say complex and intriguing, detailed and lengthy. Drink now and through 2022+."