97/100 | Jamie Goode "This is profound. The best New Zealand Chardonnay I have tried."
18.5 /20 | Roderick Smith MW "I’m a very mean scorer so 18 is very rare from me"
A breakthrough wine in New Zealand wine production. Vinted from a new Ovum (egg shaped oak cask - the only one in the Southern Hemisphere) this is a near perfect expression of the famous dry farmed Skeetfield Vineyard - a seminal site for old vine Chardonnay. The palate is rich and creamy with brilliant mouthfeel and tremendous drive - but is not either noticeably oak driven or heavy in any way - and the finish is incredibly long and satisfying. It is very clearly one of the finest Chardonnay experiences we have ever tasted and an absolute credit to the winemaker - a thoroughly modern and quite different interpretation of fine Hawkes Bay Chardonnay and a true showcase of what is very clearly a very special vineyard site. Bravo.