Winery notes (2020 Vintage)
"A Hawke's Bay classic with sundrenched Chardonnay richness, accentuated by bright acidity from the ocean-front vineyard and cool nights. The result is a complex and delicious Chardonnay; have this wine with fresh oysters by the beach or sip on the back porch watching the sunset."
5 Stars & 94/100 Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, January 2022 (2020 Vintage)
"Gorgeously styled and enticing with ripe peach, rockmelon, vanilla, hazelnut and brioche aromas, it's concentrated on the palate delivering excellent weight and plush mouthfeel. Gracefully elegant and lingering with delectable flavours. At its best: now to 2027."
5 Stars & 18.5+/20 (94) Candice Chow for Raymond Chan Reviews, February 2022 (2020 Vintage)
"Bright, pale lemon with depth, even colour throughout. The nose is softly full, elegantly presented aromas of lemon peel, grapefruit, peach, spice, creaminess and a light toastiness. Medium-bodied, soft palate carries expressive aromas of grapefruit, lemon curd, peach, enriched by spices and roasted chestnut. The mouthfeel is lightly creamy with an amalgam of spice and stony texture, acid tension focused and lingered to a radiant, elegant finish. This elegant Chardonnay with a citrus core and spice entwined with well-portioned toastiness and acid tension. Match with creamy garlic prawns and kingfish crudo over the next 5-7 years. Clone 15 Chardonnay from Te Awanga subregion, handpicked, whole bunch pressed, fermented in a range of new, 1yr and old barriques and puncheons with moderately heavy solids to 13% alc, lees stirred and went through MLF."
Reviews for previous vintages below…
4 Stars Cuisine NZ Chardonnay Tasting, August 2021 (2019 Vintage)
"While still youthful, this chardonnay has intriguing and appealing herbal pineapple sage, mineral citrus and biscuity shortbread characters against fleshy fruit present in powerful concentration. Layers of lush peaches and nectarines carry the fortunate imbiber all the way to the end of the concentrated and lengthy finish."
5 Stars Michael Cooper (2018 Vintage)
"The classy, youthful 2018 vintage was grown near the coast, at Te Awanga, and fermented in new French oak casks. Bright, light lemon/green, with a fragrant, gently smoky bouquet, it is mouthfilling and lively, with concentrated, ripe, peachy flavours, finely integrated oak, impressive complexity, fresh acidity and a lengthy finish. Best drinking 2022+. (From Decibel.)"