Last year the 2019 Cleaview Beachhead Chardonnay took out trophy for champion wine of the show at the 2020 New Zealand International Wine Show. With so many wine shows cancelled this year you'll just have to take our word for it, but we reckon that this 2020 ranks up there as well.
Clearview are well known for producing big and powerful Chardonnay and the latest release of their Beachhead is that and more. 2020 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 (2020 Vintage)
"Cashew nut aromatics supported by a rich, creamy viscosity & peach stonefruit flavour profile. A full bodied wine with amazing power."
Reviews for the 2019 vintage below…
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
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."
5 Stars Michael Cooper (2019 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, it is fermented and matured in mostly seasoned French oak barrels. Bright, light yellow/green, the fragrant 2019 vintage is already a delicious mouthful. Full-bodied, it is vibrant, with generous stonefruit and grapefruit flavours, finely integrated oak, fresh acidity and excellent depth, complexity and harmony. A top buy."