Trophy for Wine of the Show – New Zealand International Wine Show 2020
Trophy for Champion Chardonnay – New Zealand International Wine Show 2020
Double Gold Medal – New Zealand International Wine Show 2020
Gold Medal & 95/100 New World Wine Awards 2020
A new vintage of one of our most popular Chardonnays and it is a beauty! With a score of 95/100 at the NWWA and a Double Gold Medal at the 2020 NZIWS this one of the stars of the excellent 2019 vintage from Hawkes Bay and continues Clearview's Chardonnay success. And now awarded Champion Chardonnay and Champion Wine of the Show at the 2020 NZIWS!
Clearview are well known for producing big and powerful Chardonnay and the latest release of their Beachhead is that and more. 2019 proved to be an excellent vintage in Hawkes Bay and this beautifully ripe, 100% barrel fermented, 30% new oak aged Chardonnay gives a good nod towards the big, bold, old school style while retaining a freshness and balance to keep it relevant today. Fantastic drinking.
Winery notes (2019 Vintage)
"Cashew nut aromatics supported by a rich, creamy viscosity & peach stonefruit flavour profile | a full bodied wine with amazing power"
95/100 NWWA (2019 Vintage)
"From a consistent producer who crafts these wines using artisan techniques and creates superb flavours. Grown right on the Hawke's Bay coast where the vines can hear the waves lapping. Brilliant with Nicoise salad or grilled fish fresh from the hot plate. Generous and rich mouthfeel with terrific stone fruit power, backed by vanilla oak. Layers of complexity with beguiling note of struck flint and a very long finish."
NZIWS 2020 (2019 Vintage)
"Light yellow gold with tropical fruit, roasted nuts and buttery oak filling the fragrant bouquet and continuing through to the juicy palate where sizzled butter and peach perfectly balance the nutty, mealy, savoury notes. Touches of grapefruit accent the full-bodied, creamy and deliciously long, mouthfilling finish."
Reviews for the 2018 vintage below…
4 ½ Stars Michael Cooper (2018 Vintage)
"This Hawke’s Bay winery has a reputation for powerful Chardonnays, and top vintages of this good-value label are no exception. Estate-grown and hand-harvested on the coast at Te Awanga, the 2018 vintage was fermented and matured for eight months in French oak barrels. Pale gold, it is weighty, with fresh acidity and loads of citrusy, peachy, toasty, slightly buttery flavour. Drink now or cellar to 2022."