Citrus, pink grapefruit, roasted nuts and fragrant flinty aromatics combine on a finely styled, textured and seamless palate. Showing harmony and complexity this classic Hawkes Bay Chardonnay will continue to age gracefully over time. Distinctive and age-worthy.
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The 2017/2018 growing season has produced a wine encapsulating concentration and restraint. Citrus, roasted nuts and fragrant flinty aromatics combine on a finely styled, textured and seamless palate. Showing harmony and complexity with underlying saline qualities this classic Hawkes Bay Chardonnay will continue to age gracefully over time. Distinctive and age-worthy.
Vineyards and Winemaking
The 2017/2018 growing season and these vineyard sites have produced an excellent and finely styled Chardonnay. A warm and relatively dry early summer lead to hot conditions over the key ripening months of January and February. The Growing Degree Days for the season were high at 16% above the Long Term Average. The vineyards were harvested between the 14th and 16th of March showing excellent flavour and in perfect condition. These vineyards have been identified for their low yielding nature and their ability to produce grapes with concentration, freshness and balance. Good flavour ripeness at lower sugar levels, not least due to low yields and vine age, allowed early picking when natural acid levels were higher, ensuring the final wine exhibits freshness and restraint.
Legacy Chardonnay 2018, 96 points - Seductive, enticing, complex and glamorous bouquet of Chardonnay. Aromas of roasted cashew and yellow peach, baked golden apple then grapefruit, a cheesy, whipped cream moment and easy to spot wood spices. On the palate - tense, vibrant, weighty, youthful and dry. As complex and glamorous as the bouquet suggests with flavours of white and yellow orchard fruits, wood spice and a flinty, leesy, toasty harmonious core. Quite youthful with a refreshing acid line, very fine wood tannin layer, lees spice and mineral finish. Delicious now though I do recommend decanting, even better in 2021. A wine of investment that will be the talk of many fabulous dinner parties through to 2030 and probably beyond.Cameron Douglas MS
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