Chardonnay

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Roll over: 100% Hawkes Bay Chardonnay

The very first job of Chardonnay is to be refreshing.

Helio Chardonnay has a hint of reduction on the nose, reminiscent of freshly struck flint. This gives way to juicy stone fruit and a touch of grapefruit.  An attractive oyster shell mouth feel gives a pithy texture, paired with cleansing citrus and stone fruit on the palate. You’ll be going back for a second glass before you know it. A long finish of quenching bitterness and a hint of toasted vanilla from the old oak barrels makes for seriously food friendly Chardonnay.

Pair with good friends, crayfish, risotto, chargrilled chicken or well seasoned fish.

Helio is the side project put together by talented Clearview winemakers Sarah & Matt Kirby and wine entrepreneur Dave Nash.

 

Low stock 17 JR

Roll over: Very aromatic combining fruity and floral notes. 

Elegant palate that blends power, raciness and roundness.  Nutty, broad, toasty-earthy nose, with a richness of fruit and generosity consistent with the appellation. Chalky and flinty with plenty of intensity on the palate. Long.

Low stock 91 BH

Roll over: Domaine Leflaive, based in Puligny Montrachet, is one of the most important producers in the Côte de Beaune. 

A pretty nose is comprised by pronounced floral elements that add a touch of elegance to the bright citrus and apple scents. The middle weight flavours exude a bracing salinity on the clean and nicely dry finale. While this could easily be enjoyed upon release, it offers enough development to reward a few years of keeping.  Burghound

Low stock 92 BH

Roll over: Domaine Leflaive, based in Puligny Montrachet, is one of the most important producers in the Côte de Beaune. 

Super-fresh aromas include those of green apple, spice and a plethora of citrus nuances. The medium weight flavors are not quite as dense but they're notably finer and with better precision on the mineral-driven, clean and agreeably dry finale that is just a bit firmer.

Tasted: Jun 10, 2021 Drink: 2025+  Outstanding Top value. Burghound

Low stock RP 98

Roll over: Soulful white. Argentina's answer to Montrachet. James Suckling

Catena Zapata is an iconic winery working hard to bring Argentine wine to the world; not for nothing has it been the country’s top exporter for the past three decades. Founded and led by Nicolás Catena, today it is run by Laura Catena, with a focus on the oenological excellence of a vast team overseen by the extremely talented Alejandro Vigil as well as prestigious researchers such as Fernando Buscema, who runs the Catena Institute of Wine. Having begun a process of terroir-focused quality 40 years ago – with vineyards in Paraje Altamira, Gualtallary, Vista Flores, Villa Bastías, Agrelo and Lunlunta – today their parcel Malbecs and Chardonnays are some of the best wines on the market. Vinous

91 AG

Roll over:  A venture between the Hyde Family of Napa Valley and the de Villaine Family of DRC in Burgundy

The 2017 Chardonnay Le Debut Hyde Vineyard is a very pretty, open-knit wine loaded with class and personality. Light tropical notes of pineapple and passion fruit complement lemon confit, white flowers and mint in this silky, supple Chardonnay. The Debut is the domaine's young-vine Chardonnay, from vines planted in 2010 with Calera clone. About 75% of the wine was aged in neutral oak and 25% in concrete egg. Antonio Galloni. Tasting date: September 2019

 

Low stock WS 93

Roll over:  A venture between the Hyde Family of Napa Valley and the de Villaine Family of DRC in Burgundy

Freshness and brightness take center stage in the precise structure of this wine. Aromas of jasmine and lime blossom pair with Meyer lemon and green apple, which lead to hints of baking spices and toasted brioche. The palate bursts with vibrant acidity and mouth-coating textures, giving way to a lingering mineral-driven finish. The focus and tension of this wine promise aging for years to come.

Low stock 91-93 BH

Roll over: Looking for the finest grapes with which to craft the finest wines, Albert Bichot has gradually bought vineyards in the most sought-after locations in Burgundy.

Ample but not dominant wood doesn’t completely mask the equally exotic white and yellow orchard fruit scents that exhibit just enough Chablis typicity to be persuasive. There is once again very impressive volume and mid-palate density to the long, caressing and balanced finale. This is a powerful Preuses that will require at least a few years to fully integrate the generous oak treatment. 2027+ Burghound.

Low stock BH 90-93 D 93

Roll over: Looking for the finest grapes with which to craft the finest wines, Albert Bichot has gradually bought vineyards in the most sought-after locations in Burgundy.

Bichot's Les Clos has power and richness on the palate. with a hint of toasty oak, and rioe stoned fruit characters, this will develop into a fine Grand Cru given a couple of years in the bottle. There is plenty of precision here and there is clearly plenty more to come. Decanter