Bob Campbell MW 95 points. Mendoza and clone 6 chardonnay from a premium vineyard site with extended barrel maturation (EBM) of 18 months. The wine is richer, weightier, oakier and more complex than the regular label with bran biscuit, brioche and toasty characters adding complexity to stone fruit and citrus fruit flavours. Quite a mouthful. BC April 2017. Winemaker's Notes: "Retaining the attractive fruit characteristics found in its Bannockburn sibling, the additional six months in neutral oak on light lees has increased the depth of the mouth feel found in the mid palate. This added texture, coupled with the fruit and restrained acidity,...
Winemaker’s comments: Closeburn is our un-oaked Chardonnay. The fruit is grown throughout the Central Otago region and exhibits the regions natural elegant fruit flavours and mineral complexity. The wine is fermented in tank to retain its bright fruit. It is then left to rest on its yeast lees to gain some doughy complexity and softness. This is a refreshing full-bodied wine, unencumbered by oak and superb with food. wine description: At first the wine displays an enticing bouquet of dried herbs and aromatic citrus fruit with a hint of the stony elements which follow in the mouth. The broad and lush white fleshed fruit in the entry is...
My curiously hazy notes went a little like this. "Not for the faint hearted. Big, expansive wine. Big oak reigned in seemlessly, big flavour profile and grand majestic finish. Thank #$g$$^ for sensational acid and stelvin. This wine is joyously youthful but also showing the benefits of time in the cellar. Buttery, briochey, almondy. Yellow peaches, orange peel and vanilla bean. Bloody marvelous..." RR4WEA May 2017
Complex flavours of cashew nut, preserved lemon and nectarine. The, subtle grapefruit and white floral notes reveal themselves. Layered with a bold complexity of ripe fruit flavour and spicy, smoky oak characters. The combined texture of fruit density and lees work provides a focal point that is balanced by fresh and firm acidity. Tim Heath - Senior Winemaker: 'The 2014 Chardonnay shows a sense of refinement in its balance...this is a function of earlier picking and a restrained use of new oak… '
WA 92+, Wine Spectator 93 points. The 2014 Chardonnay reveals a pretty perfume of honey-drizzled white peaches, orange blossoms, marzipan and ginger with savory wafts of struck match (sulfides) and baking bread. Light to medium-bodied, taut and with a wicked backbone of racy acid, it gives a great intensity of citrus and savory flavors and great length. Lisa Perrotti-Brown - 28/12/2016.
Raymond Chan 18+/20, Sam Kim 93 points. Winery Notes: Over the crucial summer months, our Hawke’s Bay vineyards had some long dry days and relatively low humidity followed by perfect Autumn weather. This allowed our early ripening varieties such as Chardonnay to display wonderful fruit purity and elegance. The wine is made with hand harvested grapes from our coastal Te Awanga vineyard. The bunches were whole-bunch pressed to 228L oak barriques, 25% new. It is a wild yeast fermented Chardonnay which purposely did not go through malolactic fermentation and remained in barrel, on lees, for 11 months. It is a balanced, well-structured...
Best in Show, 97points - Decanter World Wine Awards 2018 Master Medal - Drinks Business Asian Chardonnay Masters 2017 19/20 points - Raymond Chan Wine Reviews 95 points - Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, NZ 95 points - Bob Campbell 5 stars - Michael Cooper WINERY NOTES: The coastal Te Awanga vineyard has proven a special site for Chardonnay and the 2015 vintage gave us the quality of fruit to make and release a Reserve wine. These wines are only released if they measure up to our highest expectations of quality. Exceptional fruit purity, concentration and complexity are the hallmarks of this wine. The result is a rich, concentrated chardonnay with good...
97 points - Bob Campbell MW 19.5+/20 points, 5 stars - Raymond Chan Wine Reviews 96 points, 5 stars - Sam Kim, Wine Orbit 5 stars - Michael Cooper 93 points - Joe Czerwinski/ Wine Advocate. WINERY NOTES: *First Release* . Majority of the Chardonnay grapes came from our Te Awanga vineyard with 17% from our Bridge Pa Triangle vineyard. It was barrel fermented and aged in one-third new French oak for full 12 months with some lees stirring. This wine displays lovely grilled stone fruits, pineapple and citrus backbones with subtle nutty, creamy aromas. It is beautiful to drink now but will develop well with proper cellaring for up to a decade.
Duncan's Notes: Ths is our first release Chardonnay from our Morrison vineyard, a single vineyard wine from which we made all of 2 barrels, so 40 odd cases, from this the 2016 vintage. A subtle wine with delicate fruit flavours, some savoury complexity with a soft palate of pith like mineral texture ( a Morrison vineyard marker ), all underpinned by fine acidity. The grapes were whole bunch pressed directly to barrel and fermented naturally using the vineyard yeasts in older French oak. Matured for just under a year before being hand bottled under cork in April 2017 . Winemakers: Anna Riederer & Duncan Forsyth. 45 cases only.
WA 91+. Neudorf Rosie's Block Chardonnay 2015 “Scented of white peaches, honeysuckle, brioche and a hint of ginger, the 2015 Chardonnay Rosie's Block is medium-bodied and tightly wound at this youthful stage, delivering wonderful stone fruit intensity and freshness, finishing long and minerally.” 91+. Mar 2017. — Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW Neudorf Rosie’s Block Chardonnay 2015. "Very lean and citrusy. Pure and quite mineral with a fine spiciness. It’s still primary with very direct lemony flavours and keen but well integrated acidity. Amazing finesse: so taut with nascent complexity. Drinking well now but will get better with a few...
Awards Top 10 (No. 3) - Dish Magazine July 2016 Top 100 / Blue Gold Winner - Sydney International Wine Competition 2017 Raymond Chan 18.5/20 Chardonnay is hand-harvested from a selection of clones in our Marlborough vineyard, whole-bunch pressed and barrel fermented in French oak barrels. The wine ages in oak for a year, with lees stirring, resulting in classic Marlborough Chardonnay with tropical fruit and citrus flavours, full-bodied but finely balanced and complex. Hand harvested from our most mature vines and aged in barrel for 11 months. The result is a complex wine with toasty notes and fine acidity balanced by a generous palate weight.
Wine Orbit 93/100 An elegantly styled chardonnay, the delicately fragrant bouquet shows white nectarine and grapefruit characters with subtle vanilla and almond nuances. The palate is focused and linear, and exhibits excellent mid palate weight and fine texture, backed by beautifully pitched acidity. The wine is precise yet complex, and superbly persistent on the finish. Winery Notes: Chardonnay, of all wines, reflects both land and people. Just as the best chardonnays from Burgundy reflect their stony soils and history, the barrel aged Terra Sancta Estate Chardonnay reflects both its stony soils and Bannockburn’s wild side. Native yeasts...
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