The 2021 Te Mata Estate is a delicious Chardonnay from one of New Zealand's very best producers that offers everything in balance. There's bright fruit upfront with juicy acidity leading to richness in the mid palate with subtle oak and creamy malolactic characters leading to a fine dry finish. Text book stuff and delightful drinking.
Winery notes (2021 Vintage)
"Palest gold, Estate Chardonnay ’21 immediately shines, with the scents of ripe grapefruit, lemon, white peach, pineapple and freshly baked sourdough all jumping from the glass. Delivering taut acidity and fruit-brightness alongside savoury notes of roast cashew, nougat, cinnamon, and sea salt, this is classical Hawke’s Bay chardonnay with an intensity and complexity all its own. Resplendent in its detail, Estate Chardonnay ’21 layers all these elements into a long, sustained finish.
Estate Chardonnay ’21 combines the best of traditional and modern winemaking. This involved tank fermentation to preserve the vibrant varietal aromas and clear, fresh fruit expression along with some barrel fermentation, barrel maturation on gross lees, and malolactic fermentation to enhance the complexity, richness and integration."
4 Stars Michael Cooper (2021 Vintage)
"The 2021 vintage of this good-value wine was grown in the company's vineyards at Woodthorpe Terraces, in the Dartmoor Valley, the Bridge Pa Triangle and at Havelock North. Fermented and lees-aged in tanks and seasoned French oak barrels, it is mouthfilling and vibrantly fruity, with strong peach and grapefruit flavours, vaguely creamy notes, a hint of butterscotch, balanced acidity and good harmony. Delicious young."