WINE REVIEWS: Chardonnay

2013 was a good vintage in Hawkes Bay. Craggy Range winemaker Matt Stafford describes it as the ''vintage of a generation''. A tasting of his whites a few weeks ago revealed elegant wines already harmonious, with charming but restrained fruit and nicely balanced acidity, that will no doubt be long-lived.

 

BEST VALUE

Selaks Reserve Hawkes Bay Chardonnay 2013

$16

Three and a half stars (out of five)

Good value

Aromas suggesting apple and stone fruit open in the mouth and are supported by hints of nuts and oak, followed by a fresh, textural, dry finish. Nicely balanced.

www.selaks.co.nz

 

 

 

 

Pencarrow Martinborough Chardonnay 2013

$20

Four stars

Good value

Attractive ripe fruit with hints of herbs and mineral, undertones of creamy nuts, and a lovely, lively, crisp finish. Well balanced, drinking nicely now and for another couple of years.

www.palliser.co.nz

 

 

 

 

Craggy Range Kidnappers Hawkes Bay Chardonnay 2013

$26

Four stars

Good value

An elegant, restrained wine with hints of peach and nectarine, a mineral backbone, suggestions of nuts, mouth-filling and textural with a lovely crisp, dry finish. From a coastal vineyard near Cape Kidnappers.

www.craggyrange.com

 

 

 

 

Halo Hawkes Bay Chardonnay 2013

$25

Three and a half stars

Average value

An oaky chardonnay with hints of freshly sawn timber and toasty oak, but there are also attractive suggestions of citrus and stone fruit and a crisp, lively finish.

www.sacredhill.com

 

 

 

 

Riverby Marlborough Chardonnay 2011

$25

Three and a half stars

Average value

A mature wine, broad and mouth-filling with hints of ripe nectarines and citrus, toasted cashews and a lively, dry finish. Drinking well now but probably not for long keeping.

www.riverbyestate.com

 

 

 

 

Craggy Range Gimblett Gravels Hawkes Bay Chardonnay 2013

$26

Four stars

Good value

A stylish, youthful wine, zesty with hints of citrus and stone fruit, nicely integrated suggestions of nuts and oak with a well-balanced crisp, lively finish. It's still restrained and will develop with a few years bottle age.

www.craggyrange.com

 

 

ANOTHER GLASS

Riverby Marlborough Gruner Veltliner 2013

$24

Three and a half stars

Average value

An exciting new variety in New Zealand, gruner veltliner is a dry white wine originally from Austria. This is lightly aromatic, fresh, zesty and crisp with fruit eight and a lovely dry, textural finish. A good food accompaniment. 

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