2019 Boneline Waipara Barebone Chardonnay

2019 Boneline Waipara Barebone Chardonnay

94 Points Cameron Douglas MS
2019 Boneline Waipara Barebone Chardonnay
94 Points Cameron Douglas MS

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This is a beautifully clean and precise Chardonnay, which is un-oaked but with a plump mouthfeel due to aging on yeast lees. Boneline are serious about the Burgundy-like terroir of Waipara, and this is their take on a Petit Chablis — complete with the limey mineral nuances, and minus any harsh acidity. A perfect aperitif or fish/food wine from a new producer to watch.

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$26.99 in mixed 6+ or $29.99 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

94/100 and rated Excellent, Cameron Douglas MS

"Mineral, varietal, fruity, toasty and complex bouquet. Flavours of white and yellow peach, apple and baked vanilla custard. Toasty oak adds spice and a hint of sweet wood and complexity. Flavours of yellow stone fruits and grapefruit peel, medium+ acidity, mineral and spice. Well made with a lengthy youthful finish." Drink 2021 through 2025+

4.5 Stars Michael Cooper (2018 vintage)

"The powerful, distinctive 2018 vintage (4.5*) was made with ‘minimal use of old oak barrels’. Bright, light lemon/green, it is a weighty wine, with concentrated, ripe, stonefruit flavours to the fore, considerable complexity, finely balanced acidity and a dry, lengthy finish. Still youthful, it should be at its best mid-2020+."

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    2019 - 2025+

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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