2018 Boneline Waipara Sharkstone Chardonnay
Boneline are a Waipara operation with a serious focus on terroir. Waipara’s lime-rich soils and nearly identical climate to Chablis allow Boneline to explore stylistic bridge points between the more restrained French and more brightly fruited characteristics of New Zealand terroir wines. The name Boneline itself invokes a network of ideas linking their wines and terroir to the primordial history of the site, directly referring to fossilised fish bones that have been found around the Waipara River - which also appear on their labels - and indirectly referring to the lime in the soil, itself a residue of fish calcium that forms the various bone-like substrata of many Waipara vineyards and makes the region such a special place for wine. Bringing to their work a broad range of human and marketing as well as winemaking talents, Boneline look set to define new possibilities for their exceptional place and it’s offerings.
What The Critics Say
5 Stars Michael Cooper
"An emerging classic from North Canterbury. Already delicious, the striking 2018 vintage (5*) was estate-grown, hand-picked from mature vines and fermented with indigenous yeasts in French oak barrels. Bright, light lemon/green, it is fragrant, tightly structured and intense, with searching, grapefruit-like flavours, gentle biscuity and buttery notes adding complexity, and a long, seamless finish. A notably elegant, distinctly cool climate style, it's a very 'complete' wine, set to unfold gracefully for a decade."
94/100 Bob Campbell
"Moderately concentrated, stylish chardonnay with grapefruit, struck flint, hazelnut, ginger and nutty oak flavours. A bright, tangy, high-energy wine, with an (appropriately) bone-dry and quite lengthy finish.."
93/100 Wine Orbit, Sam Kim (2016 vintage)
"A stylish rendition, the complex bouquet shows stone fruit, grapefruit, almond, nougat and brioche characters, followed by a focused palate that is beautifully weighted and rounded, offering supple mouthfeel and silky texture, firmly structured by crisp acidity. Restrained and elegant, and promises to evolve gracefully. At its best: now to 2021. $35.00. www.theboneline.co.nz. June 2017." Drink 2017 - 2021
|Maturity||2019 - 2029|
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