Bristol Farm Nelson Chardonnay 2019 ($39)

Winemaker Brendan Seal is best known for his Urbn Vino branded pinot noir wines which he makes at his inner-city winery in Dunedin.  His other, more under-the-radar label, is Bristol Farm.  Chardonnay is the first 2019 wine of his I’ve tasted (unlabelled sample) and it’s telling me that Nelson had a mighty fine chardonnay vintage in 2019 if this is anything to go by.  Erupting with grapefruit, nectarine and pineapple pluckiness on the nose and palate, the citrus and crunchy acidity then crashes across the tongue, prickles the gums, leaves a tweak of oak complexity and makes for seriously impressive sipping.

Love it!

RE-TASTED 20.11.2021 – Maturing nicely and showing more finely-tuned oak and white peach characters, it’s still punchy-fresh and powerfully structured. A creamy, nougat note is becoming more prominent on the mid-palate too. Very nice, elegant chardonnay.

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