91/100 - Bob Campbell MW (2019 vintage)
Tasting Note: 2020 ended up being a superb vintage. A perfect flowering was followed by prolonged wet and humid period through the later parts of December and most of January. From late January, however, unusually hot (38oC plus in the vineyard) and dry weather persisted well into autumn and continued into winter. This made for an excellent harvest period and fruit was able to be picked when it was physiologically ripe without sugars getting too high and allowing alcohols to be kept down. Fresh and vibrant, zingy and textural, with just a dash of nice toasty oak. Chardonnay as it should be!
Winemaking Notes: Fermented with CY3079 , the 2020 was fermented and aged in a mix of old French oak barrels (15%) and stainless steel tanks. Partial malolactic fermentation (30%), enables the wine to retain its freshness and really show off the limestone minerality. 6 months ageing on gross lees, with weekly batonage, brings a creamy, textural element to the wine.
Region: Hawke's Bay, New Zealand
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