2018 Tony Bish Skeetfield Hawkes Bay Chardonnay

2018 Tony Bish Skeetfield Hawkes Bay Chardonnay

97 Points Sam Kim
2018 Tony Bish Skeetfield Hawkes Bay Chardonnay
97 Points Sam Kim

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A deeply impressive Chardonnay from Tony Bish (also of Sacred Hill). Tony has a special love of the Mendoza Chardonnay clone, which is showcased here in full-textured, full-flavoured glory. Old vine, dry-grown fruit from Hawkes Bay's Skeetfield Vineyard is gently handled, so that a year in oak (60% new) only lavishes more onto the wine's already rich sense of depth and presence. Mouth-filling, opulent and powerful, this is New Zealand Chardonnay just showing off -- big time. But for an even better effect, just try and age it a few years!

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$53.99 in mixed 6+ or $59.99 per bottle




Its Origins

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 Wine Orbit, Sam Kim

"Magnificently styled and composed, the wine shows nectarine, rockmelon, fig, brioche and spicy oak characters on the nose, leading to a wonderfully concentrated palate that displays outstanding depth and persistency. It's multi-layered and expansive with stunning poise and structure, ensuring its graceful journey." Drink 2022 - 2030

95/100 Bob Campbell MW (2017 vintage)

"From the Skeetfield vineyard where old Mendoza clone chardonnay vines are dry farmed. Intense, stylish chardonnay with peach, citrus, chalky mineral, brioche and hazelnut flavours. A richly-textured wine with a lengthy finish. Good now but should develop well in bottle. 06 OCT 2018."

95/100 Jamie Goode (2017 vintage)

Single vineyard just out of Fernhill. Old vine dry-farmed block, 25 years old. The owner is a skeet shooting champion, appropriately named Dennis Gunn. In 2005/6/7 Tony made Chardonnay under the Gunn label and won lots of trophies, and when Sacred Hill switched the attention to their Riflemans block, Tony got what he calls the Skeetfield fruit from Dennis. This is fermented in ovum (40%) and barrique (60%, new oak). Really fine and expressive with well integrated oak and a nice spiciness, as well as refined pear and white peach fruit. So harmonious with lovely weight and texture, and a long, fresh finish. A really classy wine."

Stats & Food Matching

  • Variety


  • Colour


  • Region

    Hawkes Bay

  • Closure


  • Volume


  • Maturity

    2020 - 2030

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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