Barrel notes and creaminess lend quiet support. The China Terrace Vineyard is located in the Bendigo subregion of Central Otago. Gently sloped on the lower edge of a large terrace (named ChinaTerrace), it unfolds Pinot Noir and Chardonnay over some 6 hectares. Being over 320m, it retains a coolness relative to Bendigo's natural warmth. This, and the complex accumulation of loess, clay and schist in its soil, gives wines of fresh, bright complexity.
94 Points - Cam Douglas -
Fine, complex, pure white fleshed fruits bouquet, mineral and very attractive. Flavours and textures on the palate include - lemon and barely sugar, white peach, grapefruit and white flowers. There's a core of minerality then oak flavours of new wood spices and vanilla, some raw sugar and toast. A youthful wine with plenty of acidity, minerality, fruit and freshness - all needing time to fully integrate. There's a fine nutty quality from the oak adding depth and complexity. Long finish. Ready from late 2021 through 2029.
94/100 Bob Cambell -
Impressive mouth-filling, silken-textured chardonnay with tree fruit, apricot, ginger and toasted nut flavours, together with a subtle saline-mineral character. A classy wine that's approachable now but no rush.
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