2020 Tony Bish Fat n Sassy Hawkes Bay Chardonnay

93 Points Sam Kim
In stock
The name says it all. This Chardonnay is fat and sassy, old-school style. As the legendary ex head winemaker at Sacred Hill, Tony Bish is an acknowledged expert in Chardonnay. Expert barrel and lees work make this is a gorgeously sappy, creamy and nicely oaked Hawkes Bay Chardonnay for anytime enjoyment. Sporting real sophistication and style along with balsy, bright flavours, this is a major customer favourite and top of the market at its price.
$21.99 in mixed 6+ or $24.99 per bottle

Grape

Chardonnay

Its Origins

Tony Bish is a legend of New Zealand winemaking who spent decades making such iconic wines as Sacred Hill's Rifleman's Chardonnay. Now he is channeling his Chardonnay expertise into his own labels, which he produces in a stylish urban winery he has set up in Napier. Much of his wine is aimed at delivering classy examples of the the rich and creamy, 'old school' style of Chardonnay. But Tony's incredible touch and experience ensures that each wine is balanced and refined — even with all their big, bold appeal. Meanwhile, Tony's ongoing experimentation in style and technique is producing results such as his deliciously un-oaked "Golden Egg" Chardonnay, and his super premium "Zen" Chardonnay, which is made in an incredible egg-shaped oak vessel.

What The Critics Say

93/100 Wine Orbit, Sam Kim

"Beautifully fruited and immediately appealing with golden peach, mango, spicy oak and nougat notes, it's succulent and supple on the palate delivering excellent fruit intensity together with creamy mouthfeel. It's youthfully charming and flavoursome with a lengthy delectable finish. At its best: now to 2024. $21.00. www.tonybishwines.co.nz. April 2021." Drink 2021 - 2024

5 Stars Raymond Chan (2018 vintage)

"Bright, deep, golden yellow colour with depth, a little lighter on the rim. This has a softly full nose of fresh yellow stonefruits enriched by a layering of nutty oak and lees. This has a soft and rounded density and concentration to the aromatics, that unfolds a little butter and ripe tropical fruit detail. Medium-bodied, the palate is rounded and fulsome with mouthfilling flavours of ripe yellow stonefruits and tropical fruits entwined with layers of nutty oak and lees. This unfolds creamy barrel-ferment elements and MLF detail, and the wine shows some underlying power with plenty of drive, the soft acidity enhancing he palate richness. The wine carries to a full, fruit-chich finish with nutty and buttery flavours. This is an elegantly sized Chardonnay with richness and ripeness, along with creamy textures, unfolding buttery notes. Match with roasted poultry and pork dishes over the next 3+ years. Fruit from 3 sites in the Bridge Pa Triangle, one-third fermented in large oak vat, one-third in barrique and one-third in tank, to 13.0% alc., the wine aged 9 months in barrel with batonnage and 100% MLF. 18.5/20 Jan 2019 ."

Variety Chardonnay
Closure Cap
Volume 750ml
Maturity 2021 - 2024

This Wine Goes Well With

with CHICKEN
with SEAFOOD
with VEGETARIAN FOOD

Taste

4

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