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 Golden Egg Chardonnay. The Golden Egg is unique in New Zealand: an un-oaked wine made in a concrete egg, it is nonetheless rich and textured due to increased microcurrents in the juice creating more contact with yeast lees, as well as such a large surface for lees to attach to (the whole lower hemisphere).
What The Critics Say
95/100 Bob Campbell MW (2018 vintage)
"Rich, creamy and quite concentrated chardonnay with peach, hazelnut, bran biscuit and savoury, nutty yeast lees flavours. A seamless and satisfying wine that is deliciously approachable now but promises to age well 20/12/2019."
95/100 Wine Orbit, Sam Kim (2018 vintage)
"It's elegantly fruited and exquisitely expressed on the nose showing nectarine, fig, lemon peel and nougat characters with nuances of oatmeal and cashew. The palate delivers excellent weight and concentration, wonderfully supported by focused mouthfeel and creamy texture, finishing impressively long and linear. Gorgeously poised and graceful. At its best: 2021 to 2028. $40.00. www.tonybishwines.co.nz. Dec 2019"
94/100 Cameron Douglas MS (2017 vintage)
"Alluring mix of ripe fleshy stone fruits, soft vanilla scented oak, developing nutty wood notes and soft baking spices. Dry, soft and creamy texture at first then a youthful bite of acidity, oak and energy. Fine chalky tannins from the oak, lush and fresh peach, apple and citrus flavours. Lengthy, detailed finish. Best drinking from late 2019 through 2024."
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