Mission Reserve Hawke's Bay Chardonnay (2021)

For Mission's classy Reserve Chardonnay, the aim is a wine that 'emphasises fruit characters rather than oak, but offers some of the benefits of fermentation and maturation in wood'. The youthful 2021 vintage (4.5*) was fermented and lees-aged for nine months in French oak barrels. Bright, light yellow/green, it is fragrant and mouthfilling, with generous, ripe stonefruit flavours, showing very good complexity, balanced acidity and a slightly creamy texture. Already highly approachable, it should be at its best 2024+.


Type: White Wines
Variety: Chardonnay
Vintage: 2021
Overall Rating for All Vintages Tasted: ★★★★✰ – 4.5 Stars
Price: $29 NZD
Sweetness: DRY
Value for Money: V+

When to drink: 2024

Reviewed November 2022

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