Te Kano Central Otago Chardonnay 2021 $38

Te Kano translates to ‘the seed’ in Te Reo Māori, and one thing, as soon as you sip this, will become blindingly clear. And it’s not just that oxymoron. It’s that Te Kano are becoming masters at crafting delicious examples of wines which are not expected to do well that far south. Varieties like cabernet franc, and this one. Chardonnay. Richly structured and bursting with roast nectarine niceness, there’s a butterscotch layer and brulee notes and the acidity is impeccably fresh. Fruit concentration, beautiful balance and a long, stonefruit centric finish.

Te Kano Estate