The Landing, Madre Chardonnay (2020)

The debut 2020 vintage (5*) of The Landing's premium Chardonnay was estate-grown in the Bay of Islands. Hand-picked mostly from vines planted in 2007, it was low-cropped (3.5-5.5 tonnes/ha), fermented and matured for 11 months in French oak barrels (50 per cent new), and then 'blended to tank for more than a year, aging on its full yeast lees.' Bright yellow/green, it is highly fragrant, weighty and rich, with deep stonefruit flavours, mealy and toasty notes adding complexity, and a well-rounded, harmonious finish. Still youthful, it should be at its best 2024+. (To be released around March 2023.)


Type: White Wines
Variety: Chardonnay
Vintage: 2020
Overall Rating for All Vintages Tasted: ★★★★★ – 5 Stars
Price: $120 NZD
Sweetness: DRY
Value for Money: AV

The overall rating for quality is Tentative, as Michael has only reviewed a small number of vintages of this particular wine.

When to drink: 2024

Reviewed November 2022

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