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 (2020 Vintage)
"This chardonnay was crafted from the excellent 2020 Hawkes Bay harvest. After a dry warm growing season we harvested the perfectly ripened fruit off our Limeworks Vineyard. Post pressing and settling the juice was run off to barrel (20% new American) for fermentation and MLF. The wine was left on lees for 9 months barrel maturation and lees contact. Barrel were emptied in January 2021, and the wine was fined, filtered, and bottled in early November 2021.
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 2022 (2020 Vintage)
"Gorgeously ripe and complex, showing golden peach, vanillin oak, brioche and butterscotch characters on the nose, followed by a generously expressed palate offering excellent weight and expansive mouthfeel. It's creamy and delicious with a lingering satisfying finish. At its best: now to 2025."