Petane Station Esk Valley Chardonnay 2016 $30 (5 stars)

Philip Barber is a serious winemaking talent to watch if you’re a chardonnay fan.  With the ability to source fruit grown in the seashell-strewn soils of Esk Valley, thrust upwards after the 1931 Napier earthquake, his wines show incredibly complex minerality, texture and even a hint of delicious salinity.  I love the aromas of grilled stonefruit, grapefruit pith, caramelised fennel and spice.  There’s a hint of bacon and pineapple which makes it old-school ‘excellent’ and new-school fresh and frisky.  Balanced and beautiful.

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