Brennan Central Otago Chardonnay 2014 $33 (4 stars)

The whack of super-ultra-fresh acidity in this wine makes you think it could have been made yesterday! Bright nectarine and grapefruit notes on the nose lead to a creamy, biscuity mouthfeel and zesty length of flavour. It’s a medium weight chardonnay that’ll get the party started. www.brennanwines.com

Maison Noire Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2016 $25 (4 stars)

For fans of a leaner, cleaner, more Chablis-style chardonnay then this’ll be right up your cul-de-sac I reckon.  Lemon and grapefruit goodness unveil on the nose, while spicy, citrus-soaked layers last long in the background.  Plus there’s a ribbon of creamy almond laced with soft smokiness on the finish to keep you going back for […]

Askerne Reserve Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2016 $31.90 (5 stars)

The perfume of this wine is so delicious it’s difficult to yank the glass away from your nose for long enough to actually sip it.  A hint of butterscotch merges with fresh nectarine, grapefruit and pineapple plushness on the nose and palate, while a zesty vein of spice and toasted crumpet joins them on the […]

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 […]

Yvonne Lorkin Wine Column for week beginning Sat 27 Jan 2018

I’ve made a horrifying discovery in recent months.  Actually it’s more like I’m making a horrifying admission.  To set the scene I’ll admit that I’m still old-school in that I write most of my wine tasting notes by hand, in a notebook.  Then I type them up and post them on my website or pop […]

Matahiwi Estate Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2017 $22 (3.5 stars)

Using a parcel of fruit they’ve sourced from Hawke’s Bay, these skilled, Wairarapa-based producers have created a wine bursting with classic grilled grapefruit and lemony, smoked pineapple flavours.  It’s toasty and roasty and yet really fresh, plus it has a solid citrus backbone and a nutty core.  I think it’s a winner with chicken schnitzel […]

Paritua Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2014 $42 (5 stars)

Winemaker Jason Stent 2014 vintage of this Bridge Pa-grown beauty is elegant, creamy, peach-and macadamia-crumble of a wine. Chock full of classic stonefruit and pineapple notes on the nose and palate, it’s refreshing, soulful and seriously satisfying, I absolutely love it. www.paritua.com    

Black Estate Home Chardonnay 2016 $45 (4 stars)

The Home Vineyard sits 6 kilometres north east of the Waipara Junction, in the Omihi sub-district of North Canterbury’s Waipara Valley. The un-grafted, Mendoza-clone chardonnay vines this wine was made from were planted in 1994 and since 2010 have been grown using organic and biodynamic practices, resulting in a wine oozing grilled citrus, layers of […]

Stone Paddock Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2014 $25 (3.5 stars)

With its attractive aromas of baked lemon cheesecake, creamy almonds and white peach, this is a delicate, focused chardonnay with a fine line of clean acidity and a long quartzy, citrussy finish. Get set for a zesty-fresh, Bridge Pa-grown glass of goodness as soon as you uncap this wine. Terrific with creamy smoked chicken and […]

Babich Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2016 $14.95

With aromas of marshmallow, nougat, nectarine and a squeak of butterscotch, this is a rather tasty, tropically-inclined chardonnay that’s edged with grapefruit on the finish. Balanced, tangy, toasty and fresh, it’s a good, all-purpose, crowd-pleaser. Sip with: Hot roasted salmon. www.moorewilsons.co.nz

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