The Limeworks obviously works by the way it keeps rolling out the door. With as much value as it has flavour, this is a bigger, fatter styled Chardonnay complete with a good dollop of oak (including 20% new American oak) and a nice vein of limestone driven mineral acidity giving it lift and persistence.
Winery notes (2019 Vintage)
"A melange of vanilla, cream, sweet lemon, grapefruit, hazelnut, and subtle oak. This is a big, rich Chardonnay. It has weight, sweet fruit, beautiful texture and length."
5 Stars & 94/100 Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, January 2021 (2019 Vintage)
"Wonderfully composed and stylish, the wine shows nectarine, fig, vanilla and roasted cashew notes on the nose, followed by a concentrated palate displaying excellent weight and depth. It’s richly textured and complex with an impressively long delectable finish. At its best: now to 2025."
91/100 Tom Cannavan, Wine-Pages.com, February 2021 (2019 Vintage)
"From the Limeworks block, this was fermented and spent around 11 months in oak barrels (20% of which was new American oak). Cashew, crushed almond and oatmeal on the nose, there's a generosity and inviting ripeness to this, only 12.5% alcohol, but a peachy fruit character as well as lime. On the palate the oak is very nicely handled, just adding a nutty and creamy flavour and texture, but the freshness and poise of the fruit is elegant and quite delicious."
89/100 Jacky Blisson MW, January 2021 (2019 Vintage)
"Intense notes of pineapple, ripe lemon, and red apple on the nose. The palate is tangy and bright, with medium body, a smooth texture, and attractive flavours of lemon curd and vanilla spice. Great value!"
Reviews for the 2018 vintage below…
93/100 Bob Campbell MW, The Real Review (2018 Vintage)
"A smooth-textured wine, with a vibrant thread of thrilling acidity promoting a mouth-cleansing finish. Excellent value."
93/100 Cameron Douglas MS, April 2020 (2018 Vintage)
"Very alluring aromas of soil then fruit, flowers then oak, baking spices then lees. On the palate – weighty, creamy, fruity, focused and fresh. Flavours suggest white and yellow peach, golden delicious apple and quince. There’s a seam of citrus peel adding tension and flavour then baking spice of vanilla and sweetness of oak. A Burgundian moment draws me in for another taste. A lengthy, intriguing and tasty wine. Drink now and through 2024."
4 Stars Michael Cooper (2018 Vintage)
"If you like toasty, creamy, full-flavoured Chardonnays, try this. Grown in the Havelock North hills, the 2018 vintage was fermented and matured for 10 months in American oak casks (30 per cent new), and given a full, softening malolactic fermentation. Fragrant and full-bodied, it has generous stone-fruit flavours, strongly seasoned with toasty oak, and good complexity."