Ash Ridge Premium Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2017 $32

Very, very toasty with hints of sawdust and spice: the caramelised characters in this Lauren Swift-crafted wine will definitely appeal to those who love old-school roastiness and nutty, creamy layers in their chardonnay. That was a long sentence — almost as long as the finish on this wine! The iron-rich red soils of the Bridge Pa district where these vines grow are clearly chardo-nirvana. Get out the good plates, dust off the gravy boat, and dish up a butterflied tarragon roast chicken.