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Vidal Legacy Chardonnay 2016

100% Chardonnay sourced from the cooler vineyard site of Keltern and the warmer Gimblett Gravels site of Lyons in the Hawkes Bay region.

Fruit was whole cluster pressed and naturally fermented in French barriques, 45% new and 55% seasoned. The wine was matured for 12 months on lees and in tank. Underwent partial and natural malolactic fermentation. Gently fined before bottling.

Winemaker's Comments

The 2015 season produced exceptional Chardonnay. A cooler than normal start delayed ripening, allowing the slow accumulation of flavour and retention of natural acidity. It encapsulates concentration and restraint; citrus/grapefruit, roasted nuts and fragrant flinty aromatics combine on a finely styled, textured and seamless palate. Distinctive and age-worthy.

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    • Decanter World Wine Awards
    • Michael Cooper Buyer's Guide to NZ Wines
    • Bob Campbell MW - Wine Reviews
    PLATINUM TROPHY (Best New Zealand Chardonnay) & GOLD MEDAL - Decanter World Wine Awards 2017
    97/100 POINTS - Bob Campbell MW Reviews (Ranked No.1 out of 23 x 2015 Chardonnays tasted from Hawkes Bay)
    5 STARS - Michael Cooper Buyer's Guide to NZ Wines
    19.5 POINTS - Raymond Chan Wine Reviews
    96 POINTS - Wine Orbit Reviews (Sam Kim)
    GOLD MEDAL - Royal Easter Show Wine Awards 2017
    FINE WINES OF NZ - Air New Zealand Fine Wines Selection 2017

    Bob Campbell's Review Notes:
    "Rich, intense, yet silken Chardonnay with a seductive mix of ripe tree fruit, peach, nectarine and savoury nut and bran biscuit flavours. The wine's outstanding feature is an ethereal texture and very lengthy finish. A powerhouse clothed in a featherbed jacket. A seriously good Chardonnay that will age well but is irresistible now."