2020 Tony Bish Heartwood Hawkes Bay Chardonnay
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
95/100 Bob Campbell
"Intense, barrel- fermented chardonnay with peach, citrus, root ginger and spicy oak flavours supported by racy acidity. Vibrant, mouth watering wine that offers a perfect balance of fruit/ alcohol sweetness and taut acidity." Drink 2021- 2026
95/100 Wine Orbit, Sam Kim (2019 vintage)
"This is splendidly fruited and seductively complex on the nose showing golden peach, fresh fig, vanilla and roasted hazelnut characters. It's concentrated and richly textured on the palate, displaying excellent weight and beautifully layered mouthfeel, finishing impressively long and delectable. At its best: now to 2026. $35.00. www.tonybishwines.co.nz. July 2020."
94/100 Bob Campbell MW (2019 vintage)
"Barrel-fermented Mendoza clone chardonnay that's predictably rich, with plenty of weight and generous peach and spicy oak flavours. An assertive and appealing wine with an impressively lingering finish. 15 JUL 2020." Drink 2020 - 2025
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