Gold Medal  - New Zealand International Wine Show

93/100 Points, Excellent - Cameron Douglas, MS
"Aromas of white fruits from peach to apple, pear then lemon. Oak and barrel scents of brown spices, new wood moments and a youthful, fine toasty complexity. Satin-cream textured palate with acidity and wood flavours framing a core of fruit to reflect the bouquet. Warming alcohol, fine wood tannins, some flavours of citrus and spice precede a lengthy finish and a classic style Whitehaven do so well. Best drinking from purchase through 2025+." 

5 Stars - Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, NZ
"Wonderfully ripe and elegantly complex, the enticing bouquet shows nectarine, vanilla, roasted cashew and brioche characters with a hint of citrus overtone. The concentrated palate offers pristine fruit flavours combined with discreet oak influence, leading to a lengthy creamy finish. At its best: now to 2026." 

4.5 Stars - Yvonne Lorkin
"Packed with ripe peach, punchy pineapple, roast almond and buttery, slightly charred, cinnamon toast. The acidity is crisp, the textures taut and sexy and it’s a ripe, stylish thing indeed." 

17.5 Points - Joelle Thomson, DrinksBiz Magazine

Peach, mandarin and nectarine fruit flavours complexed with mealy, hazelnut and butter notes. In the background there is also a flinty, mineral character.Elegant and harmonious, fleshy and vibrantly fruity. A medium bodied wine with a creamy texture and soft acidity. Good richness of ripe peach and grilled grapefruit flavours. The savoury, slight spice and mineral notes add complexity, flavour depth and texture.

We recommend drinking our 2020 Chardonnay in the first 4-6 years, but the wine has the structure and closure to allow continued development with careful cellaring.

Our Chardonnay is a food-friendly wine. A perfect match for Mediterranean food, pork, chicken, and creamy mushroom pasta.

The fruit was hand-picked and immediately whole cluster pressed.  The heavy pressings were kept separate to minimise harsh phenolics.  The juice was lightly settled before being racked and inoculated for fermentation.  Halfway through fermentation, the wine was transferred to French oak of which 22% were new and predominantly 500L puncheons.  Malo-lactic fermentation was carried out in all the barrels. Lees aged for 10 months to aid texture and richness on the palate.



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Food Match:

Salad, Seafood, Chicken, Pork

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