Winery notes (2019 Vintage)
"Our most awarded wine. With aromas of stone fruit and citrus, layered with toast and spice from 100% barrel fermentation and extended barrel ageing."
5 Stars & 95/100 Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, April 2020 (2019 Vintage)
"Splendidly elegant and poised, this impressively composed chardonnay shows ripe peach, rockmelon, lemon pith, nougat and roasted hazelnut characters on the nose with a hint of flinty complexity. The palate delivers outstanding concentration and brilliant focus, together with rounded mouthfeel and bright acidity, leading to a superbly long, linear finish. At its best: 2021 to 2029."
Rated Excellent & 94/100 Cameron Douglas MS, April 2020 (2019 Vintage)
"Full, rich and toasty bouquet with aromas of French oak barrel and clove spices, roasted yellow orchard fruits, ripe grapefruit, cashew nut and silty earthy soil notes. Complex and bold. On the palate – a mirror of what the nose suggests with roasted peaches and citrus, apple and pear flavours then textures from the wood tannins and warming alcohol balanced by the acid-line and core of ripe fruit. Lengthy finish, still in development mode though – so do give the wine some time in your cellar if you can. Best drinking from late early 2021 through 2026."
5 Stars Yvonne Lorkin, May 2020 (2019 Vintage)
"If you were wondering what the 2019 vintage was like for the great players in Hawke’s Bay chardonnay – then let it be known that it was, if this wine is any indicator, rather great. This is a wine that I look forward to each year with the impatience of an over-stimulated toddler in a supermarket checkout at 5pm and they’re sitting in the trolley right next to the Perky Nana’s and Chupa Chups. You understand the desire right? With lifted aromas of roast nectarine, grilled grapefruit and toasted, buttery crumpets and powerful flavours of ripe stonefruit, smoky spiced notes and lashings of caramelised oak – it’s a saucy, seriously juicy style that’s drinking beautifully now, but will reward patient cellaring for the next 5-6 years."