Te Mata Elston Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2020

August 21, 2022By Yvonne

Te Mata Elston Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2020 $37-$43 There’s a reason why 2020 will go down as one of the greatest Hawke’s Bay vintages of the century. Not just that somehow during a nationwide lockdown and under incredibly tricky, worker safety conditions, did the wines even get made – but the ripening season was a … Read More

St Pauli Vineyard Moutere Chardonnay 2020

August 16, 2022By Yvonne

St Pauli Vineyard Moutere Chardonnay 2020 $23 This tiny property is owned by Robyn Reid (a midwife) and her husband Gareth (a roofer), ex-pats from the UK, who opted to scoot to the other side of the world in 2017 to have babies and immerse themselves in the much more stressful life of learning to … Read More

Kokako Farms Awen Ohiti Valley Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2019

July 29, 2022By Yvonne

Kokako Farms Awen Ohiti Valley Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2019 $55 Winemaker Bruce Nimon has crafted a beautifully toasty, citrus-centric superstar chardonnay right here. A wine absolutely bursting with stylish stonefruit and showing exactly why the Ohiti Valley is one of the most exciting subregions in the Bay. True finesse and showing a textural mid-palate with … Read More

Pegasus Bay Waipara Chardonnay 2019

July 29, 2022By Yvonne

Pegasus Bay Waipara Chardonnay 2019 $44 Who needs the Commonwealth Games when you’ve already got a glass full of gold right here? An absolute Southern icon chardonnay, this wine roars with smoked apricot and juicy nectarine niceness while the palate is generously layered with stonefruit and grapefruit intensity. It’s beautifully balanced, and boasts slightly charred … Read More

Squawking Magpie Terraces and Gravels Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2021

July 29, 2022By Yvonne

Squawking Magpie Terraces and Gravels Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2021 $25 (tbc) A brand new wine from the team at Squawking Magpie, this is an ultra-creamy, dreamy new style of chardonnay with a fine line of oak and a cloak of ripe nectarine and gentle grapefruit, this chardonnay will bring happiness and joy all the way … Read More

Carrick Cairnmuir Terraces EBM Organic Central Otago Chardonnay 2019

July 29, 2022By Yvonne

Carrick Cairnmuir Terraces EBM Organic Central Otago Chardonnay 2019 $47 EBM stands for ‘extended barrel maturation’ and it’s the name given to a blend selected from barrels that have the greatest density and length of flavour, according to the directive set by Carrick’s original winemaker Steve Davies. The wine then gets extended time in barrel … Read More

Te Kano Central Otago Chardonnay 2021

July 16, 2022By Yvonne

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 … Read More

Diegale Chaver Chardonnay Vermentino Toscana IGT 2018

July 16, 2022By Yvonne

Diegale Chaver Chardonnay Vermentino Toscana IGT 2018 $26.20 Where have blends of chardonnay and vermentino been all my life? From Tuscany comes this vibrant and lively melange of stonefruit-centric chardonnay and the crisp apple and nutty notes of vermentino – and it’s a super interesting white wine that’s seriously food-friendly. The textures have cling and … Read More

Trinity Hill Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2021

July 8, 2022By Yvonne

Trinity Hill Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2021 $24 The team at Trinity were clearly having an excellent time in 2021 with chardonnay at all levels just roaring out of the gate with flavour and personality. This vintage erupts with peachy punch and citrus complexity, ferociously fresh acidity, a deliciously defined, creamy mid-palate, a toasty lacing of … Read More

Monowai Upper Reaches Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2021

June 29, 2022By Yvonne

Monowai Upper Reaches Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2021 $35 The juicy, multilayered, gentle stonefruit and caramelised spices in this new vintage merge with creamy depth including creme brulee and creme caramel, peachy notes baked nashi and neenish tart – deliciously complex and macadamia creaminess – roasted nuts and exceptional length of flavour been waiting for this … Read More