Brookfields Marshall Bank Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2015

Golden like a yellow diamond and boasting a whoomph of toasty oak, grapefruit zest, ripe peach and pineapple tones on the nose and followed by an intense, citrus-driven mid-palate.  Crisp, tangy and terrifically taut, Peter Robertson and his team have really crafted something special here because the finish just never does.  Long and lipsmackingly refreshing […]

Squawking Magpie The Gravels Chardonnay

Squawking Magpie The Gravels Chardonnay 2015 $33.95  For starters I really love the slick new label design at play here, mysterious, brooding and very ‘magpie’. Here’s an incredibly ‘pure’ chardonnay that’s packed with tropical tang, so expect pineapple, nectarine and tangelo notes alongside honey-buttered cinnamon toast and creamy layers in the mid-palate.  The acidity is […]

Neudorf Rosie’s Block Nelson Chardonnay

Neudorf Rosie’s Block Nelson Chardonnay 2015 $33 ★★★★ Five different clones were hand harvested, fermented with wild yeasts and blended to create this buttered-crumpet-smelling chardonnay, which quickly unveils a backbone of grilled nectarine and grapefruit pith alongside deliciously textural, creamy almond characters in the mid palate. It’s a juicy, cheek-puckering style that pretty much makes […]

Neudorf Rosie’s Block Nelson Chardonnay

Neudorf Rosie’s Block Nelson Chardonnay 2015 $33 ★★★★ Five different clones were hand harvested, fermented with wild yeasts and blended to create this buttered-crumpet-smelling chardonnay, which quickly unveils a backbone of grilled nectarine and grapefruit pith alongside deliciously textural, creamy almond characters in the mid palate. It’s a juicy, cheek-puckering style that pretty much makes […]

Nga Waka Martinborough Chardonnay 2015

Nga Waka Martinborough Chardonnay 2015 $30 ★★★½ It’s been an age since I’ve tasted Roger Parkinson’s chardonnays from his Nga Waka label, so it’s a great thing to get amongst his new releases.  The 2015 estate is a tangy, linear yet altogether luscious wine that’s golden in the glass and offers creamy, spicy, roast peach […]

Baron’s and Potter The Countess Reserve Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2014

Barons and Potter ‘The Countess’ Reserve HB Chardonnay 2014 $32 ★★★★ A brand new label produced for Hawke’s Bay’s Barons and Potter families by Hamish Jardine of Crab Farm, this is an ultra-tropical chardonnay showing hints of honey, spiced pineapple and peach crumble on the palate. There’s a hint of creaminess, but it’s the tang […]

Mills Reef Reserve Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2015

Mills Reef Reserve Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2015 $24 ★★★★½ I love the aroma of butterscotch, creamy peaches, buttered crumpets and on the palate expect exactly the same but followed by smooth, smoky notes, creamy citrus and gently tropical flavours that wash across a long, persistent finish.  It’s a satisfying, old-school style.  www.millsreef.co.nz

Brancott Estate Letter Series ‘O’ Marlborough Chardonnay 2014

Brancott Estate Letter Series ‘O’ Marlborough Chardonnay 2014 $34 ★★★★★ This wine smells like peach and almond crumble, caramelised citrus and has a delicious blend of spiciness and creaminess to add to its all-round yumminess.  There’s a lovely roasty, toasty layer and a buttery injection on the finish.  The ‘O’ stands for their Omaka vineyard.  […]

Beach House ‘The Levels’ Hawkes Bay Chardonnay 2014

Beach House ‘The Levels’ Hawkes Bay Chardonnay 2014 $35 ★★★★★ Crafted from the ‘Stony Beach Gravels’ of the Te Awanga coastline, this is a stonkingly good chardonnay that oozes smoked grapefruit, roast peach, juicy stonefruit intensity all rugged up in a blanket of vanilla, buttered cinnamon toast and cashew characters.  Fresh, funky and quite simply […]

Theory & Practice Gisborne Chardonnay 2014

Theory & Practice Gisborne Chardonnay 2014 $19.95 ★★★★ Crafted by Ant McKenzie, (wine consultant to the stars) and his viticulturist brother Bryce, this is a cracker of a chardonnay that’s jam-packed with juicy tropical fruit and grilled citrus notes alongside caramelised, toasty characters and edged with creamy, custard square pastry-like notes.  Fresh and tangy.  To […]

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