Brightwater Vineyards Lord Rutherford Barrique Nelson Chardonnay (2020)

This classy, single-vineyard, estate-grown wine is hand-picked from mature vines, planted in 2000, and fermented and matured for up to a year in French oak hogsheads (40 per cent new in 2020). The 2020 vintage (5*) has a fragrant, complex, inviting bouquet. Bright, light yellow/green, it is mouthfilling and fleshy, with deep, ripe stonefruit flavours, complex and savoury, gentle acidity, and a rounded, harmonious, lasting finish. Already delicious, it's also well worth cellaring.


Type: White Wines
Variety: Chardonnay
Vintage: 2020
Overall Rating for All Vintages Tasted: ★★★★★ – 5 Stars
Price: $40 NZD
Sweetness: DRY
Value for Money: AV

Past Vintages:
Vintage: 2020; Winemaker’s Rating: 6/7; When to Drink: 22 – 25
Vintage: 2016; Winemaker’s Rating: 7/7; When to Drink: 22 – 22
Notes: WR provided by wineries. P = Peaked.

Reviewed February 2022

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