Cooper's Creek Swamp Reserve Chardonnay 2019


This Swamp Rd Chard has had everything thrown at it. All for the good a s it is big heavy and layered,  The only thing that's not big is the price. 

The vintage conditions in 2019 in Hawkes Bay were excellent. As usual only the best, hand harvested fruit from our Middle Road Chardonnay block goes into our Swamp Reserve Chardonnay, so we made a few very careful passes through the best part of the vineyard. The parcels were kept as separate batches right up until assemblage in February. We made a further selection before bottling and ultimately used about 75% of what we had harvested. The balance went into our Limeworks Chardonnay. Ultimately, this wine is 100% barrel fermented, close to 100% MLF and used 33% new French oak barrels. Winery

Bright, light yellow/green, it has very good concentration of fresh, peachy, citrusy flavours, slightly smoky and toasty notes adding complexity, and a tightly structured finish.  Best drinking 2023+." Michael Cooper, July 2021

94/100 Sam Kim