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Reviews on our 2016 Marlborough Chardonnay

Raymond Chan
18.0/20   4 Stars

Bright, light golden-yellow colour with some depth, a little pale-edged.  The nose is softly packed with deep, rounded aromas of savoury white and yellow stonefruits along with subtle citrus fruit notes melded harmoniously with a layer of creamy barrel-ferment and nutty oak, unfolding smoke and mouthwatering mineral detail.  Medium-bodied, the palate is elegantly proportioned with a softly concentrated core of integrated flavours of stonefruits, citrus fruits, and creamy, nutty oak.  The mouthfeel is rounded and smooth-flowing,with balanced, refreshing, background acidity. This has good linearity and the wine carries to a taut, lingering finish.  This is an elegant and softly concentrated Chardonnay with flavours of stonefruits integrated with nutty oak on a balanced, refreshing palate.  Match with seafood, poultry and pork over the next 4 years.  Fruit from four vineyards: the ‘Cook’vineyard, the ‘Taylor’ in Rapaura, the ‘Twin Valleys’ and a small portion of clone 166 from the ‘Mahi’ home block, hand-picked and WBP, fully indigenous yeast fermented with high solids to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 11 months on lees in 8% French oak with 40% MLF.  18.0/20  Oct 2018 RRP $29.00

Sam Kim – Wine Orbit
93 Points   5 Stars

A gorgeous refined chardonnay; the attractively expressed bouquet shows grapefruit, lemon pith, vanilla, gunsmoke and subtle hazelnut characters, followed by a finely textured palate that is beautifully rounded and creamy. The wine offers elegant fruit intensity backed by firm acidity, finishing long and engaging. At its best: now to 2021. Nov 2018.