TROPHY | Hawke's Bay A&P Bayleys Wine Awards
93 POINTS | NZ Wine Rater
A glorious example of modern Hawke's Bay Chardonnay. Full bodied. A powerful statement. Every vintage always cleans up at the awards and this 2019 is clearly no exception. Sublime.
The winery writes "In its youth this concentrated wine is pale in the glass and displays delicate and complex aromas of white fleshed stone fruit, flowers, biscuit and hazelnut. Intricate barrel fermentation influences meld with stone fruit and acidity on the palate, forming a refined marriage of style and length. Cellar this wine with confidence for up to 8 years from vintage."
NZ Wine Rater writes "An intense, modern, polished, 'reserve-style' wine that offers abundant peach, and nectarine fruit characters with smoky, charred barrel influence, and some funky sulfides adding complexity. While undeniably potent, the palate shows more freshness, and integration compared with the bouquet at this stage... the ripe peachy fruit flavours persist with a zesty lemon finish. Not quite integrated yet but has all the ingredients of a very smart wine."