Bilancia Hawke's Bay Chardonnay (2020)

Unfolding well, the 2018 vintage (4.5*) was estate-grown on the lower terraces and flats of la collina Vineyard, hand-picked and fermented and matured for 15 months in French oak puncheons (partly new). Bright, light lemon/green, it is weighty and savoury, with deep, citrusy, slightly peachy flavours, and biscuity, mealy notes adding complexity. Best drinking 2022+. The classy 2020 vintage (5*) is a blend of vineyards, mostly a site on Roys Hill that is not la collina. Still very youthful, it is full-bodied, with strong, ripe stone-fruit and biscuity oak flavours, showing excellent freshness, vigour and complexity. Finely structured, it needs time; open 2023+.


Type: White Wines
Variety: Chardonnay
Vintage: 2020
Overall Rating for All Vintages Tasted: ★★★★★ – 5 Stars
Price: $38 NZD
Sweetness: DRY
Value for Money: AV

This wine is a Potential Classic.

When to drink: 2023

Past Vintages:
Vintage: 2020; Winemaker’s Rating: 7/7; When to Drink: 22 – 26
Vintage: 2018; Winemaker’s Rating: 6/7; When to Drink: 22 – 25
Notes: WR provided by wineries. P = Peaked.

Reviewed February 2022

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