2017 Boneline Waipara Barebone Chardonnay

2017 Boneline Waipara Barebone Chardonnay

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91 Points Richard Caro
2017 Boneline Waipara Barebone Chardonnay
91 Points Richard Caro

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This is a lovely clean and precise Chardonnay – un-oaked, but with a plump and rounded mouthfeel due to aging on yeast lees. Boneline are serious about the Burgundy characteristics of Waipara and this is their take on a Chablis – complete with the limey mineral nuances (though no steely, harsh acidity). Stylish and delicate, a perfect aperitif or fish/food wine from a new producer to watch.

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$24.99 in mixed 6+ or $27.99 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

Winemaker notes on current vintage

"Lemongrass — lime — shortbread — beeswax — mineral drive — salt flat. Brilliant pale straw in colour with hues of greened jewellery. Sweet bakery notes of shortbread and nougat win the race to your nose, followed by lemon peel and clover honey. In the palate, modest alcohol gives the wine a light and delicate mouthfeel. Primary green apple and mandarin are met with developed almond and clove — all spliced together by steering salty acidity."

91/100 Sam Kim (2016 vintage)

"Delicate and refined, the wine shows aromas of white stone fruit, lemon peel, oatmeal and wet limestone on the nose, leading to a finely textured palate that is taut and linear. The wine offers pristine fruit characters with flinty undertones, beautifully structured by bright acidity, finishing long and crisp. At its best: now to 2021. $22.00. www.theboneline.co.nz. June 2017."

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    2019 - 2022

This Wine Goes Well With

with FISH



Delivery & Returns

We deliver throughout New Zealand and to some locations overseas. Our deliveries are made by trusted third party carriers. For further details on prices and delivery options please go to DELIVERY INFORMATION section of our site.

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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