From the Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay specialist – this has an opulence to the aromas of peach, vanilla bean, flint, mandarin, roast almond and citrus blossom. Intense, concentrated and rich – not a shy style. The palate delivers swags of ripe fruit flavours – nectarine, melon, grapefruit, and preserved lemon; but some savoury and mineral nuance too – wet stone, sweetcorn and chestnut. The acidity is spritely and vivid – giving great drive and line through the palate. As you’d expect, the oak is generous but not overpowering – toasty and spiced, but not the only story this wine has to tell. The balance between vineyard, craft and wood is excellent. 93pts.