4 Stars - The Wine Writer (2019 vintage)
"Hand harvested grapes were fermented with a combination of wild and inoculated yeasts to add complexity and show the vineyard’s unique terroir. Aged in French oak, of which 32% was new, for a period of 12 months. Medium gold in colour with intense aromas of stone fruit, apple, juicy grapefruit, smoky oak with a trace of flint and a touch of sweet vanilla. The palate is powerful and concentrated with a creamy texture. The flavours of white peach, just ripe apricot and floral notes blend perfectly with the oak derived spices to make a powerful but structured Chardonnay."

Big League

This outstanding single vineyard Chardonnay from Gimblett Gravels has striking intensity, complexity and balance. It bursts with tropical peach and cashew notes, with an influence of wild yeast character, complemented with a judicious seasoning of toasty oak, and a creamy texture.

100% malolactic fermentation to develop an enhanced and softened texture. A portion was allowed to maintain diacetyl levels for richness and then aged in quality 100% French oak (32% new) for 12 months sur lie, with frequent stirring to release important flavour components.

Already delicious, it continue to evolve and delight with cellaring.

(MRW00013)

Country:

New Zealand

Region:

Hawkes Bay

Variety:

Chardonnay

Style:

Soft buttery whites

Winemaker:

Paul Dawick

Closure:

Screwcap

ABV

14%

Bottle size:

750ml

Fruit:

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Body:

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Sweetness:

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Acidity:

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Food Match:

Sage buitter chicken

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