We are always on the lookout for new wines, especially ones that offer great value. This one appeared on our radar and when we tried it, we all gave it the big tick and we are sure you'll agree. Gisborne used to be known as the Chardonnay capital of New Zealand – this wine goes a long way to making sure it is still on the map! Golden fruit flavours – peach, hints of yellow toffee, vanilla, spicy oak. Delicious!
Winery notes (2018 Vintage)
"The combination of Gisborne’s cool maritime climate and the warmth and richness of it’s alluvial soils are the key ingredients of this premium Chardonnay. Golden hues lead to peach and buttered brioche, vanilla and smoky wood tones. Full bodied, with layers of interest and medium acidity.
Mendoza Chardonnay. Fruit sourced from Kawatiri Vineyard, Hexton Gisborne. Hand picked and bunched pressed 22.5 Brix at harvest. Fermented in 30% new French oak barrels, 30% in one year old oak barrels and the remainder older barrels. Weekly battonage for 10 months. 50% malolactic fermentation in spring. Bottled with minimal fining and filtration."
5 Stars & 93/100 Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, August 2019 (2018 Vintage)
"The wine is splendidly styled and expressed on the nose showing rockmelon, mango, ripe peach, cedar and vanilla characters with a hint of brioche. The palate delivers excellent weight and concentration, wonderfully complemented by rounded mouthfeel and creamy texture. Multi-layered and highly appealing. At its best: now to 2023."