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Vidal - Legacy Series Chardonnay 2016

White wine from Hawke's Bay · New Zealand
Price: £39.95
Case Rate: £39.95
Ex Tax: £33.29
Country:
New Zealand
Wine Region: Hawke's Bay
Wine Maker: Hugh Crichton
Grape: Chardonnay
Grape Percentage: 100%
Alcohol Percentage: 13.5%
Unit Quantity (ml): 750
Best To Drink: Drink Now - 2021
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93 pts  James Suckling
Country:
New Zealand
Wine Region: Hawke's Bay
Wine Maker: Hugh Crichton
Grape: Chardonnay
Grape Percentage: 100%
Alcohol Percentage: 13.5%
Unit Quantity (ml): 750
Best To Drink: Drink Now - 2021

Wine tasting notes

Grapes for this wine were selectively hand picked from very low yielding sites, identified for their ability to produce grapes with depth and concentration of flavour combined with fine natural acidity. Sourced from the cooler vineyard site of Keltern and the warmer Gimblett Gravels site of Lyons, these sites have delivered a finely styled wine showing good concentration and excellent balance. Citrus, flint and roasted nut aromas combine into a seamless palate with an underlying minerality. Balanced, complex and textured, this classic Hawkes Bay Chardonnay will continue to age gracefully over time. Distinctive and ageworthy.

Winery information

Vidal

In 1898 Anthony Joseph Vidal arrived in New Zealand and was one of the first winemakers to appreciate the natural potential of Hawkes Bay. In 1905 he purchased a Hawkes Bay racing stable yard and set about converting it into a cellar and winery. It was from there he became one of New Zealand’s early wine innovators. His commitment to crafting classic, elegant wines remains an inspiration to this day.

Family owned until the 1970’s, Vidal was purchased in 1976 by George Fistonich who has consistently built upon Vidal’s reputation as a quality wine producer ever since. Vidal Estate is also home to New Zealand’s original winery restaurant opening in 1979- a true epicurean experience.

The Vidal winemaking philosophy focuses on minimal intervention from vineyard site to bottle. The result is a collection of award winning and highly acclaimed wines which are true to their roots and exhibit the perfect combination of balance, concentration and complexity..

Interviewed recently by UK wine critic Tom Cannavan, winemaker Hugh Crichton comments that although is synonymous with the Hawkes By wine region m Chardonnay is his favourite grape...“If I was forced to make only one wine from now on, it might be Chardonnay,” he says, stressing how much potential he believes Hawkes Bay has for the variety. “We are not bound by old appellation systems and history,” he says, “so you can ‘have a go’ at anything you want to, and that really encourages innovation. Wine making is science, and science is always changing, so wine should always be moving, and in New Zealand it is.

“Hawkes Bay is already making exceptional Chardonnay and we have a number of truly world class examples. It’s a large diverse region from coastal, to altitude, to cooler central areas, to the Gimblett Gravels. We can grow a lot of things really well, but that can be a confusing mixed message: that we don’t focus; we’re jacks of all trades, masters of none perhaps?”

Expert reviews

James Suckling (2016) - 93 pts

Grilled peach fruit aromas on the nose. This has a hedonistic feel in terms of ripe fruit swagger. The palate has impressive acidity and weight and a nicely resolved finish. Drink now. Screw cap.

Vinification notes

The grapes were 100% whole cluster pressed and fermented in French barriques (42% and 58% seasoned). The wine was matured for 10 months on lees, 2 months in tank. There was partial and natural malolactic fermentation. The wine was very gently fined before bottling.