Crab Farm Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2019 $23

Since 1987, the Jardine family have been growing grapes and making wine in their crab skeleton riddled site in Bay View in Napier. Those mineral rich soils are superb for chardonnay, and this new release carries buckets of ripe peach and honeydew melon skyward to the nose and in waves across the palate. They’re stitched together with vanilla, cashew and creme caramel characters and tied off with toasty oak. Nicely balanced and dangerously easy to drink.