Church Road Grand Reserve Chardonnay 2020


Trophy & 97/100 for Best in Show – DWWA 2022

Best in Show & 97/100 Decanter World Wine Awards, June 2022 
"With two wines in this year's Best In Show selection, Hawkes's Bay has excelled — and our judges, too, were particularly happy that the North Island winegrowers’ slow, painstaking work teasing Chardonnay levels ever higher are patently paying off. This outstanding wine has a bright gold colour with faint lime glints. Freshness and richness are beautifully paired in the aromas — to an extent which is perhaps only possible south of the equator in New Zealand. That gives this wine a memorable classicism, Burgundy-lovers might note. In the mouth, it is concentrated and confident, once again striding down that line between the fresh and the rich to vivacious effect. No hurry to drink: a year or two's cellar softening will bring great benefits here."

"A rich, opulent style, with notes of oatmeal, vanilla, baked apple, cream, sweet spices and lemon curd. Well integrated and balanced, with lovely fruit, fresh acidity, excellent structure, nice savoury notes and a very long finish." 96/100 IWSC 2019