"There’s no mistaking the power and
intensity of this wine, before I even begin to take in the aromas - the scents of oak spice, lees and toasted yellowstone fruit invade the senses. Roasted cashew nut
and baking spices, peach and nectarine, roasted apple and grapefruit peel. There’s also a baked custard and hard clay earthy quality. Bold and proud bouquet overall.
Full-bodied, oaky and fruity with flavours that mirror the bouquet from stone fruits to citrus, barrel to earth. Youthful with some fruit and wood tannins, a decent acid line and persistent lengthy finish." -Cameron Douglas MS, www.camdouglasms.com, March 2022, 95/100 points
"Bright, pale straw-yellow with depth, even colour throughout. The nose is full and distinctive, aromas of struck-match, roasted hazelnut, brown butter leading, underlined stonefruit and apple. Full-bodied, creamy
palate carries peaches, nectarines and grapefruit with a taut core, unfolding roasted chestnut, smoky barrel, brown butter and flint. The fruit formed a bright core,
supported by concentration and excellent acidity. Smoky barrel details added deep layers and complexity. This rich, multilayered Chardonnay shows power and abundance of vivid fruit across a lengthy, sustained finish." -Candice Chow, Raymond Chan Wine Reviews, March 2022, 18.5+/20 points
"Lots of flint and stone aromas with lemons and green apples. Medium-bodied with a tight and linear palate and a long, flavourful finish. Very intense." -James Suckling Wine Reviews, www.jamessuckling.com, October 202, 94/100 points
"Who needs the Commonwealth Games when you’ve already got a glass full of gold right here? An absolute Southern icon
chardonnay, this wine roars with smoked apricot and juicy nectarine niceness while the palate is generously layered with stonefruit and grapefruit intensity. It’s beautifully
balanced, and boasts slightly charred oak and waves of gumtingling textures that last and last. It’s outstanding. Simple as that" -Yvonne Lorkin, www.yvonnelorkin.com, NZ July 2022, 5 stars
"This is one of the South Island’s most powerful, full-bodied, dry and rewardingly complex Chardonnays with its flavours of ripe citrus, honeydew, melon and peach.
Flinty notes add complexity, which comes from both cool climate high acidity and lees contact from ageing in the barrel. The flavours are elegant and focused with a
lingering finish" -Drinksbiz, Joelle Thomson, April / May 2022, 19/20 points