2019 Squawking Magpie The Gravels Chardonnay

94 Points Bob Campbell MW
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A serious Chardonnay from the Hawkes Bay stalwarts Squawking Magpie. Ranked by Bob Campbell as 4th out of 27 Hawkes Bay 2019 Chardonnays he's tasted. Whats more he also says this is good value and that's before we got a great discounted price on it. Named for the Gimblett Gravels vineyard that is Squawking Magpie's spiritual home, this label was not however sourced there but from superb alluvial soils west of Hastings. Here the wine acquires a little minerality but a lot of nice ripeness, resulting in a poised Chardonnay that is rounded by delicate oak and butterscotch tones. A satisfying and complete Hawkes Bay Chardy for the price.
Elsewhere up to $29.99 Save $5.00 $24.99 in mixed 6+ or $27.99 per bottle



Its Origins

Squawking Magpie Owner and Director Gavin Yortt planted the main Woodland’s vineyard in 1995, with further holdings in 2002 extending the focus on Hawkes Bay classic grapes such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah. They are members of Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand and maintain a strong focus on cellaring wines and a quality-driven (rather than brand-driven) market strategy, which begins with rigorous vineyard management. Though not shouting from every shelf, on quality-for-value Squawking Magpie wines are often among the best Hawkes Bay has to offer.

What The Critics Say

94/100 Bob Campbell MW

"Ripe, weighty chardonnay with peach, tree fruit, struck flint, toast, baguette crust and spicy oak flavours. An attractive wine with a pleasingly silken texture and surprisingly lengthy finish. Good value at this price." Drink 2020 - 2026

93/100 Cameron Douglas MS

"Aromas of French oak and yellow fleshed stone fruits, grapefruit peel and raw sugar, blond tobacco and warm crushed stones. On the palate - dry, full-bodied and tasty with flavours of orchard fruits and oak, medium + acidity and a noticeable bite of wood. Salivating and lightly saline with a fine tannins, an overall chalk-like texture and a lengthy finish. Well made, youthful and still on its journey to full integration and harmony. Best drinking from 2021 through 2025+."

93/100 Wine Orbit, Sam Kim (2016 vintage)

"Elegant and refined, the delicately fragrant bouquet shows white stone fruit, lemon peel, rockmelon and nougat characters with nuances of vanilla and cedar. The palate is concentrated and finely textured, and displays lovely fruit purity combined with subtle spicy oak undertones. The wine is focused and tightly structured, promises to evolve gracefully. At its best: 2018 to 2021. $34.00. www.squawkingmagpie.co.nz. Aug 2017." Drink 2018 - 2021

Variety Chardonnay
Region Hawkes Bay
Closure Cap
Volume 750ml
Alcohol 14.50%
Maturity 2020 - 2026

This Wine Goes Well With

with PORK



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