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2013 Boneline Waipara Barebone Chardonnay

Given that Waipara has a similar climate to Chablis and they also have limestone subsoils, Boneline feel this is a valid approach to a crisp, structured Chardonnay style. Made by Jeff Sinnott ( ex Amisfield and Ostler Winemaker ) from vines first planted in 1989. This is a deliberate attempt at a pure Chardonnay made to emphasise subtle secondary varietal character, structure and texture. “…a pleasant, pure and perky unoaked Chardonnay. Expect peach and honeydew melon aromas with some creamy, lees-derived character. Fresh and zesty with an interesting chalky texture on the finish.” 17/20 Rebecca Gibb


2013 Boneline Waipara Hell Block Riesling

10% and medium- dry in style. “Loving the new 2013 The Boneline Hellblock Riesling which comes from vines grown on a river terrace that is, apparently, as hot as hell during summer, which must be why it tastes so intense on the old Riesling citrusy flavour front. That delish’ bite of crisp acidity is what really drives my tastebuds wild, and creates a nervy core of interest in each sip of this lovely new wine from North Canterbury. The wine is made from grapes grown on 25 year old vines grown downstream from the White Gorge, which is carved out of terraces on the south bank of the Waipara River. Its makers, Tutton, Sienko and Hill, all say that they picked the grapes prior to sunburn to avoid phenolic development; for non-wine heads, that is another way of saying that they have avoided over ripeness, which can (in Riesling) lead to some strong aromas that can polarise people just a tad. This wine is driven by an intense lemon taste and really is a very fresh, youthful, yet-to-develop style that has great flavour intensity and a long life ahead” The Boneline is a new brand from some well experienced North Canterbury winemakers on Ram Paddock Road, North Canterbury, New Zealand. Another wine that shows what this region is capable of: in a word: greatness." Joelle Thomson


2014 Partners Margaret River Chardonnay

100% Chardonnay from Margaret River. One of those brillant Western Australian pure Chardonnays that we search for. "Brilliant pale straw. Lifted aromas of stone fruit, citrus blossom and raw cashew. The palate is focused and fleshy featuring stone fruits and citrus with subtle toasty oak flavours. There is flinty, nutty undertones supported by firm, fresh acidity."


2013 Dry River Martinborough Chardonnay

New Release from a stellar vintage. 96/100 from Bob Campbell who writes "One of the country’s most concentrated and long-lived Chardonnays. At this early stage it is possible to appreciate the power and intensity of this impressively fine-boned and potentially complex wine but so much more will be revealed after at least 3 to 4 years in bottle."


2014 Cloudy Bay Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

The 2014 Sauvignon Blanc is a definitive expression of the region and its season. Appealing concentration and poise suggests a wine with the ability to age. The nose is bright with aromas of kaffir lime and grapefruit. A generous palate reveals ripe citrus, stone fruit and lemongrass flavours balanced by crunchy acidity. Perhaps the hallmark of this vintage is its persistent finish rich with minerality.


2014 Stanley Estate Single Vineyard Awatere Chardonnay

Normal RRP $28 and with Eveline Fraser ( ex Cloudy Bay ) as winemaker this is a great buy. 17.5/20 from Raymond Chan writing "This has a softly concentrated nose with well packed stonefruit, citrus fruit and mealy aromas melded harmoniously with complexing flint and mineral elements, nuts and a creamy barrel-ferment note. Medium-full bodied, the palate features a firm and dense core of stonefruits, citrus fruits and mealy elements, layered with flint, mineral and oaky detail. The mouthfeel has weight and vinosity, the palate flowing along a smooth, near creamy line. A fine phenolic thread and lacy acidity balances the fruit and barrel-ferment richness, and the wine carries to a slender, lingering dry finish with citrus nuances. This is a well-concentrated, weighty Chardonnay with nutty and citrus flavours, and a creamy, fine-textured line. Match with seafood, poultry and pork dishes over the next 4-5 years. Hand-picked fruit from 12 y.o. vines, barrel-fermented, 60% by indigenous yeasts to13.5% alc., the wine aged 10 months in 10% new French oak barriques, undergoing batonnage. 127 dozen made. 17.5+/20 May 2015 RRP $28.50." A GOOD BUY


2012 Vidal Legacy Hawkes Bay Chardonnay

The Best Chardonnay in the world comes from Vidal Estate Under the diligent eye of winemaker Hugh Crichton, the Vidal Legacy Hawkes Bay Chardonnay 2012, has received the International Chardonnay Trophy in the over-fifteen pounds category at the prestigious Decanter World Wine Awards 2015. More than 16,000 wines were judged by a panel of 240 wine experts including some of the world’s greatest winemakers, sommeliers and Masters of Wine at the awards, held in London. This is the pinnacle of the recognition this wine has so far picked up, with three trophies received in other competitions. Crichton has achieved greatness with Hawkes Bay Chardonnay, his last five vintages* of Vidal Estate’s premium Chardonnays picking up top awards globally. “Ultimately these awards are an affirmation to the world that Hawkes Bay makes fantastic Chardonnay. The Vidal Legacy Chardonnay, is made in limited quantities from our greatest Chardonnay vineyards. The region’s climate and our vineyards bring elements of freshness to the wine, so it’s not too big and heavy, but has concentration of flavour and depth of complexity. These are all qualities which great wines should have, but not all parts of the world can deliver,” said Crichton. Decanter World Wine Awards tasting note for the International Trophy winner, Hawkes Bay 2012 said: “Distinctly modern New Zealand Chardonnay, full of gun smoke, grapefruit skin, toast, vanilla and sizzling butter aromas. White nectarine and peach flavours greet you on the palate which is broad, rich and creamy, yet manages to retain a distinct elegance, with lovely length and a pleasingly dry finish.” The Vidal Legacy Hawkes Bay Chardonnay 2012 also achieved the following awards: • Regional Trophy - Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2014 • Champion Exhibition White Wine Trophy – Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2014 • Champion Wine of Show and Bragato Trophy Winner - Bragato Wine Awards 2014


2013 Riverby Cicada Marlborough Gewurztraminer

A superb buy for a quality gewtz. from a producer that always over delivers. 95/100 from Bob Campbell in Gourment Traveller Magazine writing " Made by Riverby using grower grapes. A lush, medium- dry style with pronounced varietal rose petal, potpourri, anise and cinnamon flavours. It is a lovely wine showing good concentration and balance."


2013 Millton Clos St Anne ‘La Bas’ Chenin Blanc

“From a section of the vineyard 'down there' ( La Bas ), the 2013 vintage was grown in Millton's Clos de Ste Anne hillside vineyard at Manutuke, in Gisborne. 19/20 from Raymond Chan " 19/20 from Raymond Chan writing-" The nose is very elegant, tightly bound and refined in expression, with restrained aromas of white and yellow florals and stonefruits, along with nuances of pineapple, unveiling waxy mineral, wet stone and nutty detail. The aromatics grow in presence and depth with aeration. Bone-dry to taste and medium-full bodied, the intensity and depth of fruit confers an elegance of proportion. Tightly concentrated flavours of white and yellow stonefruits are subtly lifted by floral and honeysuckle notes and mineral suggestions. The palate features a fine-grained phenolic core of fruit extract, enlivened and driven by bright, lacy acidity. Some alcoholic power underlines the fruit which carries to a richly detailed, long lingering, dry finish. This is a fresh, elegantly concentrated, powerfully driven dry Chenin Blanc with stonefruit and mineral flavours. Serve with seafood and white meat dishes over the next 10 years. Indigenous yeast fermented aged 9 months in seasoned 600 L demi-muids on lees, without batonnage or MLF. 19.0/20.


2013 Babich Irongate Gimblett Gravels Chardonnay

Elsewhere this retails at $37. Babich's flagship Chardonnay. A stylish wine, Irongate was traditionally markedly leaner and tighter than other top Hawke’s Bay Chardonnays, while performing well in the cellar, but the latest releases have more drink-young appeal. It is based on hand-picked fruit from the shingly Irongate Vineyard in Gimblett Road, fully barrel-fermented (about 20 per cent new), and lees-matured for up to 10 months. Malolactic fermentation was rare up to the 2002, but has since exerted a growing influence." M.Cooper


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