This is the pinnacle of Church Road's Hawke's Bay Chardonnays – as its price conveys. The classy 2020 vintage (5*), grown entirely in the Tuki Tuki Valley, is the second to include fruit (59 per cent of the blend) from the company's Terraces Vineyard, sited further inland than its Tuki Tuki Vineyard (41 per cent). Hand-picked, it was fermented and matured for 11 months on its full yeast lees in French oak barriques (19 per cent new). Bright, light yellow/green, it is highly fragrant, weighty and deep, with vibrant, concentrated citrus and stone-fruit flavours, gently seasoned with oak, balanced acidity, and notable delicacy, complexity and structure. A wine of great finesse, it should flourish for a decade.
Type: White Wines
Overall Rating for All Vintages Tasted: ★★★★★ – 5 Stars
Price: $150 NZD
Value for Money: AV
This wine is a Super Classic.