Decanter WWA 2017 Platinum: Best NZ Chardonnay
International Wine Challenge: Silver 2017
19.5 Points - Raymond Chan
Bright, light straw-yellow colour with pale lemon-green hues, light on the rim. The nose is refined and tightly bound with intense and penetrating aromas of white stonefruits, minerals, gunflint reductive complexities and nutty lees and oak. The aromatics are expressed wine beauty and finesse and seamlessly interwoven, building in depth and concentration with aeration. Medium-full bodied, the palate is bright, lively and refreshing with open and ethereal, mouthfilling, subtle flavours of white stonefruits, citrus fruits, gunflint and nutty layers intermingling with chalky mineral elements. The flavours build to coat the mouth with fine phenolic textures, and the palate is enlivened by bright, brisk and lacy acidity. This flows with vitality and energy and carries to a long, lingering finish of stonefruits, minerals flint and nuts with dry textures. This is a mouthfilling Chardonnay with layers of stonefruits, citrus fruits, gunflint, nuts and minerals, on a racy, textural palate
97 Points - Bob Campbell
Ranked #1 of 23 2015 Chardonnay tasted from Hawkes Bay “Rich, intense, yet silken Chardonnay with a seductive mix of ripe tree fruit, peach, nectarine and savoury nut and bran biscuit flavours. The wine’s outstanding feature is an ethereal texture and very lengthy finish. It’s a powerhouse clothed in a featherbed jacket. A seriously good Chardonnay that will age well but is irresistible now”.
96 Points - Sam Kim, Wine Orbit
The signature style of this exceptional wine continues with this latest offering. Powerful aromas of flint and grapefruit combined with elegant stone fruit, lemon peel and cedar on the nose. The palate is concentrated and focused with superb mid palate weight and fine texture, brilliantly structured by firm acidity. Love the fruit purity with engaging gun smoke complexity, the wine offers wonderful balance and poise, and finishes extremely long and linear. At its best: 2016 to 2025.