In theory, this rich and buttery Chardonnay produced by the very experienced Ant McKenzie (think Dry River, Spy Valley and Framingham), from carefully selected vineyards in coastal Hawkes Bay, should be very good. And in practice, it is!
Winery notes (2020 Vintage)
"Medium straw colour with green hints. Ripe nectarine and peach notes on the nose. Savoury fermentation nuances along with the creamy vanilla characters from the barrels support the fruit and bring complexity to the wine. The palate is full bodied and rich with a broad, slippery texture. Browned butter, toasted cashew and canned peach notes all add interest. These layers of richness come mainly from perfectly ripened grapes, sweet French oak barrels and warm fermentation temperatures. The finish is long and rich."
Reviews for the 2019 vintage below…
5 Stars & 93/100 Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, August 20120 (2019 Vintage)
"Beautifully ripe and inviting, the bouquet shows yellow peach, rockmelon, vanilla and roasted nut characters, followed by a succulent palate that delivers excellent weight and rounded mouthfeel. It's creamy and flavoursome, making it fabulously drinkable. At its best: now to 2023."