Tony Bish Skeetfield Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2015 $55

Bish’s name is synonymous with crafting some of New Zealand’s most iconic chardonnays and here’s his flagship creation under his solo brand.  Sourced from old, dry-farmed Mendoza clone fruit from Denis Gunn’s vineyard in Hawke’s Bay’s Ohiti district, it shows  layers of grapefruit pith, hazelnut, crisp, crunchy-fresh stonefruit marrying with soft, creamy notes in the […]

Greystone Waipara Chardonnay 2015 $39.00

It’s been 11 years since the Thomas family first put vines in the ground at Greystone and then harvested for this vintage.  The chardonnay is now really hitting its straps.  Rich and golden in the glass and smelling of, oh lord, just the most delicious melange of almond biscuits rubbed with grapefruit pith and dipped […]

Framingham Marlborough Chardonnay 2015 $25

For the longest time I was such a vehement fan of Framingham’s rieslings that I forgot they were brilliant at producing pretty much every other variety under the sun too. Take this chardonnay for example.  Gorgeous grapefruit, pineapple and peach layers buoy a backbone of creamy, brulee, cashew and panforte characters on the palate. Grown […]

Matahiwi Estate Wairarapa Chardonnay 2016 $23

I really love the bang and citrus tang of this wine. With nectarine and grapefruity intensity on the nose, and a squeak of smoke on the finish. Fresh, taut and citrusy, it’s exactly my kind of chardonnay. High winds around flowering time across the Wairarapa naturally keeping the yields in check, meaning those vines pour […]

Chard Farm Judge & Jury Central Otago Chardonnay 2015 $39

Most people carefully pick their way along the vertigo-inducing driveway leading to Chard Farm, praying for a punch-in-the-face pinot noir to calm their nerves.  Whereas I think the perilous journey is more than well-rewarded with this outstanding chardonnay instead.  Grown on their Lowburn vineyard, the fruit produces a solid mineral and spice backbone to stitch […]

Pyramid Valley Sutherland Till Vineyard Marlborough Chardonnay 2015 $53

Organic wine icons Claudia and Mike Weersing of Pyramid Valley, have decided to work with a tiny group of special winegrowers around New Zealand to produce these ‘Growers Series’ wines.  This vineyard was planted in 1983 by Ivan Sutherland, the legendary viticulturist behind Cloudy Bay and Dog Point and 30-plus years vine age has produced […]

Sacred Hill Riflemans Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2015 $69.95

I’ve often said that when I die I want this wine piped into my veins instead of embalming fluid.  I want to take it with me to the grave it’s that good.  2015 saw superb growing conditions in Hawke’s Bay, the third exceptional year in a row for this national treasure vineyard to shine.  The […]

Millton Clos de Ste. Anne Gisborne Chardonnay 2014 $75 ★★★★★

This is one of those wines that makes me want to do a little dance as soon as I sniff it.  It’s just a joy to drink if you get my drift.  It’s like (and believe me I’m seriously sober writing this) the wine is giving you a little oral high-five with every sip.  Golden […]

Squawking Magpie The Chatterer Chardonnay 2015 $19 ★★★½

Toast and roast peach characters on the nose lead to a biscuity, complex, dry style of chardonnay on the palate.  There’s a squeak of grilled apricot and honey on the finish alongside a seam of clean acidity running it’s entire length.  Fans of toasty, oaky chardonnays will enjoy this wine.  Sip with creamy smoked chicken […]

The Prospect Gisborne Chardonnay $20 ★★★★

If there’s one thing Steve Voysey knows how to do, that’s create darn lovely chardonnay, and this new puppy is no exception.  Crafted from multiple Chardonnay clones grown in Gisborne’s famous sub-regions of Ormond and Patutahi, this is a classic, buttered crumpet and peach marmalade-style sip, loaded with warming spices and luscious stonefruit flavours.  There’s […]

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