Yvonne Lorkin canvas column for sat may 19 2018

Hit the smorgasbord and fill your boots with toasty, roasty, buttery, wuttery chardonnays from across the land… Obsidian Reserve Waiheke Island Chardonnay 2017 $48 The stylish, chablis-like elegance of this wine made it an absolute showstopper for me.  I love the purity of fruit, intense citrus and minerality on the mid-palate, its peachy backbone and […]

Vavasour Anna’s Vineyard Awatere Valley Marlborough Chardonnay 2016 $42

Stu Marfell was only 9 years old when he helped harvest the very first vintage for Vavasour back in 1989.  29 harvests later, he’s their head winemaker and this, their flagship chardonnay, is his baby. Only made in years when the fruit is exceptional, this creamy, barrel-fermented blend of Mendoza and Clone 95 fruit sings […]

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