100% barrique fermented old vine Chardonnay from vineyards in the Bridge Pa and Gimblett Gravels regions of Hawke’s Bay.
The fruit is sourced from two vineyards in Hawke’s Bay, 20-year-old Clone 15 and 95 vines that are dry-farmed on a silty loam over gravel with some limestone influence, and old Mendoza vines grown on river terrace soil, light loam over gravel.
Vibrant pale straw colour with some green tinges. Fresh and fruit-driven, almost Chablis-like in style. Complex and light on its feet. Vibrant acidity balanced by a creamy, lingering texture. Delicious drinking now and set for medium term (3-5 years) cellaring for those with patience.
This is gloriously attractive, the immensely complex bouquet shows golden peaches, vanilla, cedar, brioche and crème brûlée, leading to an impressively concentrated palate offering outstanding depth and persistency. It's multi-layered with delectable flavours and creamy texture, finishing super log and delicious. At its best now to 2027. 96 points/5 stars.
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