Seasonal Chardonnay 2019 Hawkes Bay
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About the range:
We wanted to create a range of wine that showcases the best wine regions in the country, but also captures the pioneering spirit of New Zealand wine — the search for something new and interesting.
So, we decided that our wine range should evolve with the seasons, allowing you to discover something different each time you visit.
About the wine:
From a cooler, elevated site in Crownthorpe, this is a Chardonnay with both elegance and complexity. Produced with a combination of indigenous and cultured yeast strains, each barrel in this blend has contributed its own unique, savoury characteristic while complimenting the pure stone fruit, citrus and almond meal flavours that define Clone 15 Hawkes Bay Chardonnay.
Whole bunch pressed, and lightly settled, half of the juice retained a significant portion of solids when rolled to French oak barriques for fermentation. Left to ferment with no winemaking intervention, savoury cashew and biscuit cruxes add layers of interest to the citrus rind and nectarine kernel flavours from the grapes.
Subtle reductive, popcorn and gunflint notes also provide interest and natural sweetness that offsets the fresh acidity. Richness that forever evolves in both glass and bottle – this is modern Hawkes Bay Chardonnay.
Awards & Accolades:
5 Stars (94 points) Wine Orbit, 4.5 Stars Michael Cooper.