Tony Bish Zen Hawke's Bay Chardonnay (2019)

This powerful, distinctive wine is made in an 'ovum' – an egg-shaped French oak barrel which creates unique convection currents, keeping the wine's yeast lees in suspension. Harvested from mature vines in the Skeetfield Vineyard, at Fernhill, it is fermented with indigenous yeasts, and bottled unfined and unfiltered. The third 2019 vintage (5*) is bright, light lemon/green, with a very fragrant, complex bouquet. Mouthfilling and savoury, it has vibrant, deep, well-ripened stonefruit and grapefruit flavours, mealy and biscuity notes adding complexity, and excellent delicacy and length. Likely to be long-lived, it's well worth cellaring to 2024+.


Type: White Wines
Variety: Chardonnay
Vintage: 2019
Overall Rating for All Vintages Tasted: ★★★★★ – 5 Stars
Price: $140 NZD
Sweetness: DRY
Value for Money: –V

When to drink: 2024

Past Vintages:
Vintage: 2019; Winemaker’s Rating: 7/7; When to Drink: 22 – 27
Vintage: 2018; Winemaker’s Rating: 7/7; When to Drink: 22 – 25
Notes: WR provided by wineries. P = Peaked.

Reviewed March 2022

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