Church Road Grand Reserve Hawke's Bay Chardonnay (2020)

This very classy wine sits above the McDonald Series (but below Tom and 1 Single Vineyard) in the Church Road hierarchy. Still unfolding, the 2020 vintage (5*) was grown mostly in the lower reaches of the Tuki Tuki Valley, hand-picked and fermented with indigenous yeasts in French oak barrels. Bright, light yellow/green, it is a powerful, youthful wine, with mouthfilling body, concentrated, ripe stonefruit and toasty oak flavours, fresh acidity and a long finish. Showing impressive vigour and complexity, it should be at its best mid-2023+.


Type: White Wines
Variety: Chardonnay
Vintage: 2020
Overall Rating for All Vintages Tasted: ★★★★★ – 5 Stars
Price: $34 NZD
Sweetness: DRY
Value for Money: V+

This wine is a Super Classic.

When to drink: 2023

Reviewed March 2022

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