CHURCH ROAD TOM CHARDONNAY 2014

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Winery notes (2014 Vintage)
"Dedicated to Tom McDonald, Patriarch of Church Road and pioneer of Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay in the 1950’s. TOM is only made in exceptional vintages. Small parcels from our best Chardonnay blocks are grown, harvested and blended to create a wine of exceptional character and longevity. The Church Road TOM Chardonnay 2014 is predominantly grown on our Tuki Tuki Estate, a site that was originally established by Tom. This slightly elevated vineyard near the coast catches the cool sea breeze, producing Chardonnay with great fragrance, finesse and minerality. Sensitive winemaking techniques, including hand-harvesting, sorting, gentle whole-bunch pressing and wild fermentation have emphasised a focused, linear palate structure and layers of subtle complexity to deliver a wine with intriguing depth.”
5 Stars Michael Cooper (2014 Vintage)
"The 2014 vintage, released in mid 2017, is Chardonnay on the grand scale. Grown mostly (92 per cent) in the company's Tuki Tuki Vineyard, planted on a west-facing clay slope cooled by afternoon sea breezes, it was hand-picked, fermented with indigenous yeasts and matured for 11 months on its full yeast lees, with periodic stirring, in French oak barriques (28 per cent new). After another four months in old oak casks, it was then lees-aged in tanks for a further year, prior to bottling. Light yellow/green, it has a very rich, ripe, complex bouquet, leading into a powerful, mouthfilling wine with good acidity, deep, peachy, complex flavours, well-integrated oak, and a vaguely toasty, long finish. Best drinking 2019+."
5 Stars & 19.5+/20 Raymond Chan, May 2017 (2014 Vintage)
"Brilliant straw-yellow colour with pale gold hues. This has a very fine, firmly bound and tightly concentrated nose with complex aromas of white stonefruits melded with minerally and gunflint-like sulphide reductive detail. The fruit richness shines, showing fragrance, revealing citrus notes. Nutty oak and creamy barrel-ferment layers emerge. This has a superb balance of fruit, winemaking inputs and complexity. Medium-full bodied, the palate exudes power and intensity, with a firmly concentrated core of rich and luscious white stonefruits and citrus fruits, interwoven with flint and minerals with nutty oak adding interest. The flavours are balanced by fresh acid cut and underlined by subtle alcoholic power and drive. This has excellent linearity, and the wine carries to a sustained finish with refined textures. This is a rich-fruited Chardonnay with layers of complexing flint and mineral nuances. The wine will develop over the next 5+ years. 92% clone 15 from Tuki Tuki and 8% clone 95 from Haumoana, hand-picked and WBP directly to barrel for indigenous yeast fermentation to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 11 months in 28% new French oak barrique, the wine undergoing batonnage and 100% MLF, blended and aged a further 4 months in seasoned oak.​"
Sue Courtney, wineofthweek.com (2014 Vintage)
"​The savoury oak bouquet of this golden-hued wine has a wonderful leesy, mealy, malty, sizzled butter allure with a haunting floral note wafting through and the taste is concentrated and powerful with a deep, sweet oak frame. It conjures up toasted brioche, fig, creamed nuts, delicate peach and the merest touch of mandarin and the mouth-coating finish is incredibly malty with a lingering spicy zesty vibe and again an evocative floral note that was hinted at on the bouquet. Still such a baby but the potential is clearly there."


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