Wrights Reserve Organic Gisborne Chardonnay 2018

Wrights Reserve Organic Gisborne Chardonnay 2018 $30 There’s a hint of musky, ginger and spices on the nose and palate of this chardonnay – so don’t be going in expecting the bog standard peaches and cream characters of your more commercial examples.  There’s an earthy, nutty note on the mid-palate and a truffle-like tweak on […]

Te Mania Reserve Nelson Chardonnay 2018

Te Mania Reserve Nelson Chardonnay 2018 $32 Elegant and nicely structured, with hazelnut and nectarine notes on the nose and it’s a sexy, mouthfilling style and showing great potential for cellaring. Taut, balanced and showing great character.  Nelson chardonnay is a new favourite thing. www.temaniawines.co.nz  

Mahi Marlborough Chardonnay 2017

Mahi Marlborough Chardonnay 2017 $29 Blended from four vineyards from the western end of the Wairau Valley after a long, dry summer, the Mahi Marlborough Chardonnay 2017 ($29) is a funk-laced, stonefruit-soaked, toasty, smoky sip.  Crafted using only free-run juice and left to ferment wild, with no additions, before maturing in barrel for 11 months, […]

Circuit North Canterbury Chardonnay 2018

Circuit North Canterbury Chardonnay 2018 $24.99  Crafted by the team at Black Estate from organically grown fruit that’s been fermented using a starter culture from the vineyard itself, this is a creamy, brulee and butter-smothered wine, with peach and grapefruit notes underpinning the nutty smoothness. Theres a hint of wildness and funk to the fruit layers […]

Black Estate Netherwood North Canterbury Chardonnay 2016

Black Estate Netherwood North Canterbury Chardonnay 2016 $65  Created from organically grown fruit and kicked off with a ferment straight from the vineyard, this cashew and citrus-forward chardonnay is their signature example and only produced in years when the fruit is perfect.  It’s big, real big.  Boasting caramelised oak notes, soft smoky characters, wild and […]

Rock Ferry 3rd Rock Marlborough Chardonnay 2015

Rock Ferry 3rd Rock Marlborough Chardonnay 2015 $32  If your tastes in chardonnay lean along the nutty, buttered crumpet and biscuity end of the spectrum, then you’ll be loving this nougat-infused number.  It’s stitched together with some solid citrus, so freshness is definitely the underlying factor here – however there’s a lovely complexing, caramelised note […]

Sacred Hill Wine Thief Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2016

Sacred Hill Wine Thief Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2016 $29 I’m tasting this wine right as white flesh nectarines begin appearing in heaping quanitites on roadside fruit stalls around where I live, (Hastings, in case you were wondering) and this wine reminds me so much of their scent and the juicy intensity of biting into one.  […]

Sacred Hill Riflemans Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2016

Sacred Hill Riflemans Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2016 $65  Riflemans should be, in my opinion, given national treasure status for its services to chardonnay appreciation in this country.  Created in years when the fruit from this heritage-status vineyard in the upper reaches of the Dartmoor Valley, is deemed nothing less than exceptional, this wine is an exercise […]

Petane Station Hawke’s Bay Pét-Nat Chardonnay 2018

PETANE STATION HAWKE’S BAY PÉTILLANT NATUREL 2018 $38 “Pet Nat” is the thing.  Everyone’s doing it – but not everyone is doing it well. Petane Station have crafted their debut example from chardonnay and while it’s got citrus hallmarks of classic chard, grapefruit, lemon et al, there’s a soft funkiness and spritzig.  In fact beware the […]

Montana Reserve Gisborne Chardonnay 2016

Montana Reserve Gisborne Chardonnay 2016 $16.99 On the nose this chardonnay has creme brulee, Mackintosh’s ‘Harrogate’ and roast peach perfume, while on the palate it’s rich, decently structured and shows solid juiciness right through to the finish.  It’s extremely gluggably good. Widely available.

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