Winery notes (2020 Vintage)
"Biodynamic Demeter certified Bendigo Estate vineyard; planted in 1998, with a vine density of 5,000 plants per hectare. The soils on the beautiful north facing slope are Waenga fine sandy loam and Letts steepland with an elevation from 217 – 264 metres, on 44.55° south.
Hand-picked in ideal condition and ripeness on the 3rd April 2020. Whole bunch pressed, minimum settling followed by natural fermentation in French oak (10% new) and aged on lees for 12 months. Bottled on the 2nd March 2021.
Aromas of citrus blossom, melon and grapefruit with hints of roasted hazelnut. A palate of nashi pear and citrus with subtle notes of vanilla supported by delicate oak, soft acidity and a mineral texture."
5 Stars Michael Cooper (2020 Vintage)
"Certified organic, the classy, youthful 2020 vintage was estate-grown, hand-harvested and fermented with indigenous yeasts in French oak casks. Bright, light yellow/green, it is fragrant, with intense, ripe, peachy, slightly toasty flavours, showing excellent vigour and complexity, and a long finish. Full of personality, it's well worth cellaring to 2023+."
Rated Outstanding & 96/100 Cameron Douglas MS, March 2022 (2020 Vintage)
"Extremely enticing bouquet with seductive aromas of fresh white peach and red apple, wildflowers sweet lees, oak and earthy mineral complexities. Equally enticing on the palate with vibrant and refreshing flavours of stone and tree fruits, citrus and mineral. Barrel spices and lees along with a generous acid line set the foundation and texture contrasted by the core of fruit. There’s a natural synergy to this wine coating the palate with flavour, texture and a touch of mystery. Delicious to drink from today and through 2035+."
93/100 Bob Campbell MW, The Real Review, May 2021 (2020 Vintage)
"Typical Central Otago chardonnay with power and purity plus a backbone of vibrant acidity. An intense, elegant wine that is mouth-wateringly drinkable now, but no rush."