From the man at the helm of the Sacred Hill Wines. Tony has now started his own label and he will be producing only Chardonnay. The wine is clearly aimed at the 'old school' style of Chardonnay, exemplified best by his top Skeetfield label. But Tony's expertise allows the wines to remain elegant and refined, even while they are while big, bold and buttery. Experimentation in style and technique is meanwhile producing results in new styles such as his remakable, un-oaked Golden Egg Chardonnay.
What The Critics Say
97/100 Jamie Goode Wine Anorak
100% ovum, first use. Skeetfield fruit, unfined and unfiltered. Beautiful nose with subtly mealy citrus fruit. The palate has beautiful texture and finesse. There’s a bright, lively citrus core with fine-grained structure. Such precision and detail with some spicy, mealy richness. There’s amazing intensity and balance here. There are layers of flavour, with lemons, saline notes, and some grapefruit notes. This is profound. Tony Bish says egg Chardonnays don’t need to age as long before release, and may not live as long as barrique aged ones, but can deliver profundity.
18/20 Jancis Robinson (Tim Jackson MW)
(One of the top scoring NZ Chardonnays in the tasting)First vintage. 100% Mendoza clone Chardonnay from Skeetfield Vineyard. 24-year-old, dry-farmed vines. Fermented in New Zealand’s only Taransaud Ovum, 2,000-litre French oak egg.
Pale-mid gold. Marine, saline, oyster-shell tone to pure, yellow-apple fruit. Hazelnut and some struck match. Vibrant acidity and a mealy, textured mid palate, with oak spice touches and salinity. Long. (TJ) Drink 2022 – 2032
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