2019 Howell Vineyard Chardonnay

2020 Howell Vineyard Chardonnay

Hawke's Bay

100% hand-harvested fruit was whole-bunch pressed and barrel fermented in a blend of new and aged French oak barriques.

Pale lemon colour. Complex yet quite discrete aromas of ripe nectarine, straw, fresh brioche and cashew nuts prevail. The palate is similarly discrete to start then grows to show the delicious nectarine, ripe citrus, toast and savoury nuttiness of this vineyard, complimented by a lovely creamy texture and seam of fresh lemon zest to finish. Great cellaring potential. 

Drink now through 2028.

From the Metro Top 50 Wines 2023 judges:
A good perfume of refined oak, lemons and limes (an “oak piña colada”, wrote Hawkins) on the nose and very refined, focused palate. “Chardonnay with quality,” wrote Farrera.
Tasting note