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Outstanding Cameron Douglas MS
96 Points
5 Stars Sam Kim
5 Stars Michael Cooper
5 Stars
  • Closure: Screw Cap
  • Unit: Each
  • Volume: 750ml
  • Alcohol: 13.5%
  • Grape: 100% Chardonnay

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Tony was the first in New Zealand to use concrete eggs for fermentation. Inspired by Chapoutier in France who were the first to use the Egg. Tony got a local concrete maker to experimentally develop these with the first release from 2015.

A true egg shape, these 1600 litre vessels help the circulation of yeast cells during fermentation and showcase the fruit without oak. The most noticeable effect the egg fermentation seems to have is in the wine’s texture. There is a real sense of completeness with the flavours and wine filling the whole palate. This is rich, savoury and complex with a small hint of smokiness along with citrus notes. This has lovely energy and poise with acidity driving through the palate. This has another dimension which more than makes up for any absence of oak.

Winery notes (2022 Vintage)
"The aroma is a medley of nectarine, peach, apple blossom, with hints of almond and nutty richness. These aromas flow onto the richly textured palate that displays summer stone-fruit notes with hints of almond and a bright citrus finish that lingers and refreshes."

5 Stars Michael Cooper (2022 Vintage)
"This distinctive, very generous wine is hand-harvested and handled in concrete egg-shaped fermenters, which 'create natural convection currents, holding the yeast lees in suspension'. Grown at Te Awanga, the 2022 vintage is already highly enjoyable. Bright, light yellow/green, it is full-bodied, with concentrated, ripe stonefruit flavours, showing excellent complexity, and a long, very savoury and harmonious finish. Best drinking 2025+."

5 Stars & 96/100 Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, June 2023 (2022 Vintage)
"Exquisitely elegant and refined, the wine shows lemon pith, oatmeal, white floral and wet limestone nuances on the nose, followed by a brilliantly focused palate offering seamless flow and linear mouthfeel. Poised, impeccably balanced and structured with a sustained sophisticated finish. At its best: now to 2034."

5 Stars & 19+/20 (96) Candice Chow, Raymond Chan Reviews, July 2023 (2022 Vintage)
"Bright, even, pale yellow with a light green hue. The nose is elegantly full, with layers of nuts, minerals, fine spice, stonefruit and citrus. Medium-full bodied, pronounced aromas of lemon and grapefruit interweaved with white peach, citrus peels, stony minerals, delicate spice and hints of almonds. The wine is expressive, layered and in well-proportions. A touch of creaminess provides volume. The refined mouthfeel of stony minerals is almost chalky, glides along with well-managed acid tension to linearity. This enticing, expressive Chardonnay is complex, layered with well-portioned minerals, creaminess and nutty elements. Match with paua risotto and sweet prawn sashimi over the next 6-8 years. Handpicked Mendoza clone Chardonnay, fermented and aged in NZ made concrete egg-shaped fermenters, full MLF. 13.5% alc."

Rated Outstanding & 96/100 Cameron Douglas MS, June 2023 (2022 Vintage)
"Complexity is immediate with scents of grapefruit and white peach, crushed stone minerality, gun flint, lees and a gentle reductive persona. As the wine opens up in glass the scents of fruit then spice, mineral and complexity become louder. Dry, delicious, expressive textures and taut youthful textures touch the palate first. Flavours of white fleshed stone fruits, lees spice and texture and citrus then mineral touch. A delicious wine with best drinking from late 2023 through 2029."

19/20 Joelle Thomson, June 2023 (2022 Vintage)
"Tony Bish’s Golden Egg Chardonnay lives up to its name and is consistently one of the best full bodied whites in New Zealand with delicious depth of flavour, a full body and smooth creamy texture. This textural win-win is underpinned by fruit flavours of ripe lemons, white peach and nectarine. Balanced acidity provides the wine with its long finish, which follows creamy fullness from fermentation in a concrete egg; a vessel designed to accentuate richness and balance in Chardonnay. This wine is golden by name and by nature."

93/100 Bob Campbell MW, The Real Review, June 2023 (2022 Vintage)
"Stylish Chardonnay with grapefruit, savoury/nutty flavours and restrained fruit characters and an appealingly silken, glycerol-laced texture. Attractive wine from a challenging vintage."

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Tony Bish Wines, located in Hawke's Bay, is renowned for its exceptional production of premium Chardonnay wines. Established by Tony Bish, a highly regarded winemaker with over 35 years of experience, the winery specialises in crafting Chardonnay using traditional winemaking techniques and innovative methods.

Tony Bish Wines stands out with its unique approach to Chardonnay production, utilising concrete eggs and barrels made from French oak sourced exclusively from the Alliers forest. These techniques contribute to the distinct character and exceptional quality of their wines.

With a strong focus on sustainability, Tony Bish Wines implements environmentally friendly practices, including organic vineyard management and minimal intervention winemaking. The result is a range of Chardonnays that showcase the terroir of Hawke's Bay while expressing the utmost elegance and complexity.

Tony Bish Wines has garnered acclaim both nationally and internationally, captivating wine enthusiasts with their exceptional Chardonnays. With a commitment to crafting wines of the highest standard, Tony Bish continues to solidify his reputation as one of New Zealand's finest Chardonnay producers.
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