2021 Martinborough Vineyards Home Block Chardonnay

95 Points Bob Campbell MW
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Outrageously good Chardonnay from some of the oldest vines on the Martinborough Terrace. The 2012 vintage was voted as the world’s top Chardonnay outside Burgundy by Decanter. This is a hard act to follow, but later vintages have been even better. It is rich and opulent yet silky, with plenty of satisfaction but also a real sense of pedigree. 2021 is a very small yielding vintage, producing ripe grapes of serious concentration, and the potential to be one of the true greats. Whether drinking or cellaring, this is a must-have wine for serious Kiwi Chardy lovers.
Elsewhere up to $42.99 Save $6.00 $36.99 in mixed 6+ or $40.99 per bottle



Its Origins

Free-draining soils, hot summers and long, dry autumns make Martinborough the perfect region for growing traditional cool-climate wines. Founded in 1980, Martinborough Vineyard was a trailblazer in the region and the first to plant the variety for which the region is best known, Pinot Noir. MV now lay claim to the oldest Pinot Noir vines in the district. Since the first vintage was released by pharmacist-turned-winemaker Russell Schultz in 1984, they have consistently produced world-class wines from the home block, Martinborough Terraces blocks, and more recently, the Burnt Spur vineyards. A big move towards organic/sustainable vineyards is currently in place. Their Chardonnay vines are some of the oldest plantings on the Martinborough Terrace. A naturally low-vigour site which ensuring consistently ripe, high quality grapes. The fruit is carefully hand harvested and then whole-bunch pressed. Indigenous yeasts are used in the fermentation inside French oak, carefully chosen for elegance to complement the fine structure of the wine. Aged in barrels on lees for twelve months, this wine underwent 90% malolactic fermentation and light lees stirring before bottling.

What The Critics Say

95/100 Bob Campbell MW (2020 Vintage)

"From a top Martinborough vintage. It's an intensely-flavoured wine with lemon curd, nectarine, sizzled butter, wood-smoke and toasted nut flavours. A smooth-textured wine supported by attractive, mouth-watering acidity. " Drink 2022 - 2028

95/100 Wine Orbit, Sam Kim (2018 vintage)

"Magnificently complex and sophisticated, the engaging bouquet shows yellow peach, fig, cedar, subtle spice and brioche characters. It is equally gratifying on the palate with outstanding depth and intensity, wonderfully complemented by creamy mouthfeel and bright acidity. Splendidly harmonious and seamless. $36.00. Aug 2019."

Variety Chardonnay
Region Martinborough / Wairarapa
Closure Cap
Volume 750ml
Alcohol 13.50%
Maturity 2022 - 2028

This Wine Goes Well With

with PORK



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