18 Points - JancisRobinson.com "This smells exquisite. Fine florals layered over ripe nectarine layered over fresh kaffir lime leaf layered over Jamaican tangelo. I love the nip-and-kiss play of bitter and sweet, citrus and herb, flower and fruit, race and roundness. This is a seriously exciting Chardonnay. Quince, miso-roasted cashews. There is in-built texture, like licking smooth-yet-not river pebbles. Salty finish. Long, focused, spine-tingling precision. The star of the show. Thrilling wine."
97+ - 98 Points - Stuart McCloskey “The ’18 Bonadale Chardonnay is displaying both vibrant and youthful characteristics ranging from buttered citrus, lemon oil, spring flowers, spiced orchard fruit – a faint waft of pastry cream is building… The vineyard is elevated and sun-exposed providing wonderful depth and roundness mid-palate, which works a treat with the chewy extract. Minerals (chalk in particular) provides structure and some textural grip. Tensile, finely tuned (fine boned is stature) and despite the exposure to the sun, provides a ‘cool’ feel which may be indicative of the vintage. The fruit is ample, ripe and the balance is nigh on perfect. It is easy to imagine how this wine will evolve over the next ten years – the shoulders will broaden, the minerality and acidity will scale back, allowing buttery, orchard fruits to flourish. Really exquisite without the bottle age. Decant for 30 minutes, do not overchill and serve using Zalto Bordeaux glassware”