Chardonnay : Yvonne Lorkin

By: Yvonne Lorkin  05-Apr-2012

Tresillian Single Vineyard Akaroa Chardonnay 2009 $23  This is a superb Canterbury chardonnay chock-full of melon, mango and peach notes on the nose all followed by an explosively fresh burst of tropical and citrus flavours in the mouth.  Clean, long and linear, it’s a lovely drink indeed.  Buy from   Tresillian Single Vineyard Akaroa Chardonnay 

Lovers of the Te Mata Elston Chardonnay 2010 $35  will also be pleased to know that Buck believes “in all modesty, the 2010 Elston is probably the best version we’ve ever done”.  2010 was a sensational year for Hawke’s Bay chardonnay and I’ve got to agree with John, this wine is unbelievably gorgeous.  Fresh, crisp and crunchy [..]

Black Estate Omihi Series Waipara Chardonnay 2010 $31  If this is the standard of chardonnay Waipara is capable of then that makes me a very excited girl indeed.   I love the way it smells like fresh peach and pineapple spread on a buttered crumpet.  In the mouth it’s vibrant, concentrated and creamy, with silky [..]

Babich Hawke’s Bay Irongate Chardonnay 2008  $35 “Babich’s flagship Chardonnay is a power-packed whopper of a wine bursting with juicy peach and grapefruit flavours while showing taut acidity, elegant oak and sublime, mouthfilling, textural length of flavour.  I’m certain it will cellar comfortably until 2014 and it’s a no-brainer as to how this came to [..]

Overstone Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2009 $7.99  For less than ten bucks this is a cracker.  Aromas of white peach, toasted nuts lead to juicy, peach notes on the palate.  Fresh acidity means it also has a lot of life in it yet.  Available from

Cloudy Bay Marlborough Chardonnay 2008 $35  Golden and glossy, this wine boasts layers of white peach, tangelo and grapefruit pith aromas which are so enticing it’s quite tricky actually wrenching your nose away so you can actually put it in your mouth!  But it’s worth it because this chardonnay has succulent stonefruit and creamy, nutty, [..]

Forrest Estate Marlborough Chardonnay 2008 $22  Gorgeous ripe grapefruit and mandarin aromas combine with solid toasty oak notes and a rich, attractive bacon-like character really rounds out the complexity of this wine.  Lovely fresh acidity and juicy length of flavour makes it a superb match with classic roast chicken or seared scallops wrapped in bacon. [..]

Nga Waka Martinborough Chardonnay 2009 $24  Classic, old-school in style with classy citrus pith and toasty oak fleshed out with creamy, brulee and bran-muffin characters along with a sneaky sliver of peach and nectarine running through it.  Excellent length of flavour just makes it all the more stunning.  Buy from select liquor stores or online [..]

Matawhero Gisborne Chardonnay 2010 $25  Scented with popcorn, candyfloss, peach and mango cream, it’s a style that’s out on its own but I like it.  Definitely a food-friendly example that has good length of flavour and presence on the palate.      

Tukipo River Estate Fat Snapper Chardonnay 2010 $20 A collective ‘Oh wow!’ rose from the table as soon as my guests started sipping this new Central Hawke’s Bay chardonnay. With incredibly concentrated guava, peach, grapefruit and pineapple aromas combined with elegant acidity, power, freshness and vitality on the finish it’s sensational stuff for the price. [..]

The information in this article was current at 27 Mar 2012

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