2018 Tony Bish Zen Chardonnay

96 Points Bob Campbell MW
In stock
The latest release of Tony Bish's limited edition top Chardonnay, under a label about which Jamie Goode has said that it "may be the best NZ Chardonnay I have ever tried". Presented in a stunning black box, the Zen is the first Chardonnay in the world to have been made exclusively in an Ovum, i.e. a 200L vessel in this case made of Taransaud oak and shaped like an egg, to enhance lees contact and texture. The fruit is from the Skeetfield Vineyard, a site just out of Fernhill where 25 year old vines of dry-farmed Mendoza Chardonnay supply Tony's two top labels. A stunning wine of immense refinement and depth, the Zen is at least as delicious as it is collectible.
$140.00 in mixed 6+ or $155.00 per bottle



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

96/100 Bob Campbell MW

"Grapes from Skeetfield vineyard were fermented in a large egg-shaped vessel made of Taransaud French oak and christened Ovum. The result is an impressively seamless and quite concentrated chardonnay with apple, white peach, ginger, and subtle oak flavours. 14 JUN 2020." Drink 2020 - 2025

97/100 Wine Orbit, Sam Kim

"Ethereal and engaging, this stunning chardonnay shows white flesh nectarine, rockmelon, lemon pith and nougat characters on the nose with nuances of cedar and spice. It's magnificently concentrated on the palate, exhibiting exceptional depth and focus combined with creamy mouthfeel and perfectly pitched acidity."

5 Stars Michael Cooper

"This powerful, distinctive wine is made in an "ovum" – an egg-shaped, French oak barrel which creates unique convection currents, keeping the wine's yeast lees in suspension. Harvested from mature vines in the Skeetfield Vineyard, at Fernhill, it is fermented with indigenous yeasts, and bottled unfined and unfiltered. The second 2018 vintage (5*) is a bright, light yellow/green, sturdy, rich wine, with notably concentrated stonefruit flavours, finely poised acidity, and highly impressive complexity and harmony. Well worth cellaring, it's already delicious."

Variety Chardonnay
Region Hawkes Bay
Closure Cap
Volume 750 ml
Alcohol 13.50%
Maturity 2020 - 2033

This Wine Goes Well With

with FISH
with PORK



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