Cameron Douglas MS 2019 Blank Canvas Escaroth Chardonnay 94 Points Intense aromas of wood smoke and barrel spice then ruby grapefruit, peach and baked orchard fruits. Youthful and very inviting bouquet. On the palate - weighty, silky, warm, fleshy, spicy, smoky and dry. Fruits flavours reflect the nose with yellow fleshed stone fruits, some apple and grapefruit. Lovely wine on the palate - a Chardonnay lovers paradise. Still developing so no rush to drink till mid, even end of, 2021 and through 2025. Bob Campbell MW 2019 Blank Canvas Escaroth Chardonnay 94 Points From a north-facing slope in the Southern Valleys Taylor Pass. Concentrated...
EBM = 'extended barrel maturation'. Leesy and rich notes initially, a touch of Brazil nut butteriness (though still only 15% new oak), the extended aging in barrel rounding the wine and perhaps softening the aromatics, though still quite punchy and figgy, intense and rich, though that acidity still cuts through wonderfully, real tang and verve into a long finish. - Tom Cannavan, Wine Pages. WINERY NOTES: The EBM or Extended Barrel Maturation Chardonnay is one of only two wines which we choose to cellar for longer at Carrick, the other is our Excelsior Pinot Noir. It spends 18 months in French oak barriques and is a specially selected blend...
Bob Campbell 92/100 - Barrel-fermented chardonnay using indigenous yeasts. An intriguing wine with white peach, grapefruit, ginger and a suggestion of mandarin blossom. Smooth-textured wine. Fruity acidity gives the wine energy and a lingering finish. 30 JUN 2020 Drink - 2020–2023 (92/100). Michael Cooper-Certified organic, the 2017 vintage was hand-picked, barrel-fermented with indigenous yeasts and bottled unfined and unfiltered. Bright, light yellow/green, it is full-bodied, with strong, peachy, toasty, slightly buttery flavours and a crisp, dry finish. A youthful, vigorous wine, it should be at its best 2020+. Sam Kim An elegant...
Bob Campbell MW 92 points. Taut, linear, low-key chardonnay with gentle grapefruit, spice, ginger, toast and subtle oak flavours. An appealing, seamless wine with a silken texture and a little alcohol evident adding heat to the finish."
Dog Point has delivered yet another very classy chardonnay, which is no surprise given the quality of the 2015 vintage. Complex and powerful wine... " - Bob Campbell, 96 points; "Medium-full bodied, the palate has rich and mouthfilling flavours of sweetly ripe white and yellow stonefruits... The flavours form a concentrated core, and the palate has fresh, lacy acidity providing energy and tension. The wine carries smoothly to a long and sustained finish... This is a rich, concentrated, deeply layered Chardonnay with complex flavours" - Raymond Chan - 19.5 points out of 20; "What a wonderful Chardonnay. White peach and grapefruit, oatmeal and...
Bob Campbell MW 95 points. “From Elephant Hill’s coastal Te Awanga vineyard. Very saline chardonnay with oyster-shell, citrus, green apple, toast and subtle ginger flavours. A taut, concentrated wine that is approachable now but promises to develop well with further bottle age.” no.2 of 72 2018 Chardonnay from Hawke’s Bay. Cameron Douglas MS, 95 points. “Engaging bouquet with aromas of fresh new French barrel overlaid with ripe yellow and golden fleshed orchard fruits, fragrant wood spices and toastiness, a leesy spicy layer and compelling complexity. On the palate - full bodied, nutty and rich in flavour and texture. Wood spices...
A crisp Chardonnay with green apple and citrus characters. The majority of grapes are from our coastal Te Awanga vineyard. It has mineral and subtle oak aromas. AWARDS AND ACCOLADES 94 points - Sam Kim, Wine Orbit 5 stars, 94 points - Cameron Douglas MS
Exceptional fruit purity, concentration and complexity are the hallmarks of Elephant Hill Reserve Chardonnay. "Tangy Chardonnay with green apple, citrus, lime, toast, bran biscuit and spicy oak flavours. Moderately rich but a little green with assertive acidity." - Bob Campbell MW AWARDS AND ACCOLADES 95 points - Bob Campbell MW 95 points - Sam Kim Wine Orbit. This rich, tightly structured wine was estate-grown at Te Awanga (principally) and in the Bridge Pa Triangle, fermented with indigenous yeasts and matured for a year in French oak barrels (26 per cent new). Bright, light lemon/green, it is full-bodied, with concentrated, ripe...
91/100 Parker's Wine Advocate, Joe Czerwinski "Classic notes of toasted hazelnuts and white peach mark the nose of the 2015 Chardonnay. It's medium-bodied, with a plump, succulent mouthfeel and a silky texture that supports flavors of white peach, pineapple and citrus. The finish does a slow, elegant fade, adding to this wine's considerable appeal. Drink 2018-2022"
95 Points - Bob Campbell Rich, appealing, creamy-textured chardonnay with layers of white peach, lanolin, ginger, brioche and subtle spicy flavours. A seamless, integrated wine that defines subtle power. So approachable now it's hard to imaging it getting any better, but that's an exciting possibility. @GREYSTONE #FAYE
WINERY NOTES: Chardonnay is a variety that allows you more freedom to make wines in a style that you like more than any other. Ours you will get a more delicate subtle version, moreish and complex. Grapes from our Morrison Vineyard were whole bunch pressed directly to barrel, fermented naturally using the vineyard yeasts, all in older French oak. A wine with delicate fruit flavours, some savoury complexity, nuttiness & vanilla, with a soft palate of pith like mineral texture, all underpinned by fine acidity. Matured for just under a year on lees prior to hand bottling without filtration. Certified organic, Morrison vineyard, Pisa.
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