Elephant Hill Sea Hawke's Bay Chardonnay (2019)

Estate-grown at Te Awanga, the very stylish 2019 vintage (5*) was fermented and matured for a year in French oak barriques (30 per cent new). Bright, light lemon/green, it is fragrant and youthful, with citrusy, mealy, biscuity flavours, fresh acidity, and impressive complexity, delicacy, vigour and intensity. A classic cellaring style, it's well worth cellaring to 2023+.


Type: White Wines
Variety: Chardonnay
Vintage: 2019
Overall Rating for All Vintages Tasted: ★★★★★ – 5 Stars
Price: $60 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: 2023

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