Awards and Accolades
95 POINTS: Restrained, elegant chardonnay with citrus, mineral, matchstick, sea air, hazelnut, ginger and bran biscuit flavours. A wine of subtlety and power. It deserves to be decanted – the wine certainly became more expressive as it sat in the glass. Cellaring potential 5 years.
5 STARS: The product of a fine Hawke's Bay vintage, this wine has that combination of complexity, energy and elegance that makes New Zealand's best chardonnays so captivating. It leads with white flower, lemon blossom and flinty scents. The palate exudes ripe stonefruit with lifted green highlights, and offers a textural masterclass - "mouth watering acids combined with textural flintiness add to the wine's power without overpowering the fruit", noted Michael Brajkovich. The finish is long and lovely. The panel quickly reached consensus on a food match: crayfish.