Double Gold Medal, 96 points and New Zealand Chardonnay Winery of the Year.
4 1/2 Stars (Michael Cooper) - "Mouthfilling wine, with rich, vibrant stonefruit flavours"
89/100 (Bob Campbell MW) - "Light, soft, fresh, fruit-focused chardonnay...A well-priced wine"
Typical, fresh aromatics of quality Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay are evident on the nose including ripe stone fruit, citrus, and grapefruit. These are complemented on the palate by a creamy richness, hints of roasted nuts and gunflint, and a mouthwatering finish. A delicious Chardonnay of richness and finesse that can enjoyed on its own or partnered with food.
Weather conditions leading up to the 2021 harvest were typical of a Hawke’s Bay summer – warm sunny days with moderately cool nights. As autumn arrived the season became cooler yet remained dry, providing ideal ripening conditions. Grapes were sourced from four vineyards in three distinct sub-regions in Hawke’s Bay. Each vineyard was harvested separately with the fruit gently pressed without crushing or destemming. Fermentations were conducted in a combination of stainless-steel tanks and 500-litre French oak puncheons, using either cultured or indigenous yeast. The former preserving fruit flavour, the latter imparting complexity and texture. Malolactic fermentation was discouraged post-fermentation to enhance freshness and vitality and ageing on yeast lees for six months further enhanced mouthfeel. Winery