Marsden Bay of Islands Black Rocks Chardonnay (2017)

Grown at Kerikeri, this Northland wine is impressive in favourably dry seasons ? sturdy, with concentrated, ripe sweet-fruit flavours, well seasoned with toasty oak, in a typically lush, upfront, creamy-smooth style. The 2017 vintage (4*) was hand-harvested, fermented and matured in French oak barriques, and given a full, softening malolactic fermentation. Pale straw, it is weighty and creamy-textured, with a hint of butterscotch and rich, peachy, buttery, toasty flavours. A ‘forward’ vintage, it’s ready to roll.


Type: White Wines
Variety: Chardonnay
Vintage: 2017
Overall Rating for All Vintages Tasted: ★★★★✰ – 4.5 Stars
Price: $40 NZD
Sweetness: DRY
Value for Money: NR

Buyer’s Guide Edition: 2019

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