TE AWANGA CHARDONNAY 19
Rod McDonald is a dab hand at Chardonnay (and Syrah and Pinot Noir and a range of other great wine styles too) and he is one of Hawke's Bay most experienced producers of it. This wine is made from grapes grown at Te Awanga on the coast south of Napier where the cooling sea breezes provide refreshing acidity and crispness to his wines, which he balances with malolactic fermentation in a combination of new and seasoned French oak. The wine spends 12 months in oak with lees stirring (aka batonnage) to enhance its creamy flavours and add depth and body.
This Chardonnay offers great flavours and fab value for money. A stunner.