2016 Vidals Legacy Hawkes Bay Chardonnay

2016 Vidals Legacy Hawkes Bay Chardonnay

96 Points Sam Kim
2016 Vidals Legacy Hawkes Bay Chardonnay
96 Points Sam Kim

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Vidals spare no expense making this Chardonnay for long term, legendary status. It is rich and mouth-filling but not fruit-driven, with prominent nutty and gunflinty details over serious concentration, freshness, creaminess and and textural power. A Chardonnay to both satisfy and think about, this has quickly entered the top rung of most awarded and talked-about Kiwi Chards. With 2016 yet another great vintage, now may be the time to try and buy.

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$52.99 in mixed 6+ or $59.99 per bottle




Its Origins

"Vidal Estate has a history stretching back to 1905 when it was established by Anthony Joseph Vidal who emigrated from Spain in 1888 to work for his uncle Joseph Soler, a pioneering winemaker. Under the ownership of the Villa Maria Estates group, Vidal Estate has grown to become its own identity, making distinctive and very high quality wines. With the stewardship of Hugh Crichton, winemaker since 2006, it can be argued that the wines have never been better." Raymond Chan

What The Critics Say

96/100 Wine Orbit, Sam Kim

"This is seriously good; the engaging bouquet shows white stone fruit, fig, rockmelon and flinty characters with nuances of vanilla and cedar. The palate is superbly concentrated and impressively weighted, while remaining focused and poised, delivering elegant fruit intensity and fine texture, brilliantly structured by bright acidity. Restrained and elegant, the wine promises to develop magnificently. At its best: 2018 to 2024. $60.00. www.vidal.co.nz. July 2017." Drink 2018 - 2024

5 Stars Michael Cooper

"The 2016 vintage (5*) of Vidal's flagship Chardonnay was grown at three sites, hand-harvested, fermented with indigenous yeasts and matured for 10 months in French oak barriques (43 per cent new). Bright, light lemon/green, it has a complex, slightly smoky bouquet. Mouthfilling and tightly structured, it is notably youthful and complex, with intense, grapefruit-like flavours, subtle oak influence, and a crisp, dry, very long finish. Best drinking 2020+." Drink 2018 - 2024

5 Stars and 19.5-/20 Raymond Chan

"Bright, pale straw-yellow colour. The nose is very fine and fragrant, showing white florals and stonefruit aromas, along with delicate nutty notes, and nuances of gunflinty and minerally reduction. The nose is very poised and balanced, showing refinement and finesse. Medium-full bodied, the palate is elegant in proportion, but possesses lovely intensity and penetration. The flavours of stonefruits, florals, nuts, flint and minerals balanced and interwoven, showing subtle sweetness and richness. The fruit, barrel-ferment and minerality are balanced with very fine acidity and the wine flows along a very fine-textured line. The wine carries to a very long and sustained finish. The finesse and balance lends surprising accessibility, but this will age 4-5 years easily. Clone 15 Chardonnay from the ‘Lyons’, ‘Keltern’ and ‘Kokako’ vineyards, hand-picked, WBP and indigenous yeast barrel-fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 12 months on lees 43% new French barriques and partial MLF. 28 barriques made." Drink 2017 - 2023

Stats & Food Matching

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    Hawkes Bay

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  • Maturity

    2017 - 2024

This Wine Goes Well With

with PORK



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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