2012 was a very cool and late season in Hawkes Bay. Vintage for Chardonnay began in mid-March. The cooler season meant the fruit was harvested with beautiful natural acidity and freshness. Moderate sugar levels result in subsequently lower alcohol levels than many other seasons. This is a trend that will ideally be continued in the future to enhance drinkability and fruit freshness.
- NZ - Hawke's Bay
- New Zealand
Winery Tasting Notes
Typically fresh aromatics of quality Hawkes Bay Chardonnay are evident including citrus, white flowers and stone fruit.
These are complemented on the palate by a creamy richness from aging on lees. Roast hazelnut, almond and hints of gunflint result from the indigenous fermentation in barrel.
It displays delicacy but richness and is a fantastic match with many dishes. Think rich seafood or creamy roast chicken.
Drink 2013 to 2016.