2016 Boneline Sharkstone Chardonnay

2016 Boneline Sharkstone Chardonnay

5 Stars Raymond Chan
2016 Boneline Sharkstone Chardonnay
5 Stars Raymond Chan

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A super-stylish drop, Boneline offer a full-textured Chardonnay with 20% oak, lees aging and some buttery notes. But they also exploit Waipara's lime-rich soils for flinty minerality and clean green apple and stone fruits. Poise and complexity like this is what makes Waipara like Chablis in France - think Premier Cru level! Clever and forward-thinking, serious food Chardy. Try this!

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$31.99 in mixed 6+ or $35.99 per bottle




Its Origins

Boneline are a Waipara operation with a serious focus on terroir. Waipara’s lime-rich soils and nearly identical climate to Chablis allow Boneline to explore stylistic bridge points between the more restrained French and more brightly fruited characteristics of New Zealand terroir wines. The name Boneline itself invokes a network of ideas linking their wines and terroir to the primordial history of the site, directly referring to fossilised fish bones that have been found around the Waipara River - which also appear on their labels - and indirectly referring to the lime in the soil, itself a residue of fish calcium that forms the various bone-like substrata of many Waipara vineyards and makes the region such a special place for wine. Bringing to their work a broad range of human and marketing as well as winemaking talents, Boneline look set to define new possibilities for their exceptional place and it’s offerings.

What The Critics Say

93/100 Wine Orbit, Sam Kim

"A stylish rendition, the complex bouquet shows stone fruit, grapefruit, almond, nougat and brioche characters, followed by a focused palate that is beautifully weighted and rounded, offering supple mouthfeel and silky texture, firmly structured by crisp acidity. Restrained and elegant, and promises to evolve gracefully. At its best: now to 2021. $35.00. www.theboneline.co.nz. June 2017." Drink 2017 - 2021

5 Stars Michael Cooper

"The 2016 vintage (5*) is also distinguished. An elegant, distinctly cool-climate style, it is full-bodied, with youthful, very fresh, pure and delicate flavours, citrusy, peachy, vaguely buttery and persistent. A finely poised, very harmonious wine, it should flourish with cellaring; open 2019+." Drink 2019+

18.5/20 Raymond Chan

"The nose is elegantly concentrated and tightly bound with aromas of white and yellow stonefruts and subtle citrus fruit notes, complexed by creamy, waxy barrel-ferment notes and spicy, nutty oak with subtle lemon-curd MLF elements. Medium-full bodied, the palate is finely concentrated and slender in proportion, with very good depth and intensity of vibrant stonefruit and citrus fruit flavours melded with creamy barrel-ferment, spicy and nutty oak and lemon-curd MLF detail. The wine has a very tight line enlivened by bright and zesty acidity and underlying power and drive carrying the flavours to a very long, lingering finish with citrus fruit and oak complexities. Match with seafood, poultry and pork dishes over the next 4-5+ years. Mendoza clone fruit from the ‘Hellblock’ on silt and gravel loam, vines 20 y.o., fully indigenous yeast barrel-fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 10 months in 22% new oak, the wine undergoing batonnage and 15% MLF. 18.5/20 Jun 2017 RRP $35.00." Drink 2017 - 2022

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    2017 - 2022

This Wine Goes Well With

with FISH



Delivery & Returns

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If for any reason you are not entirely happy with your order or you suspect that they may be affected by a quality issue, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will remedy the problem straight away. Contact us on 0800 422 767.


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