TONY BISH CHARDONNAY SKEETFIELD 17/18
Tony Bish has carved a niche for himself as king of Chardonnay in Hawke’s Bay, where he makes wines from old vines, using interesting new (and old) winemaking methods to fine tune their flavours, allowing fruit purity to shine. The Skeetfield Vineyard is home to old Mendoza Chardonnay; aka hen and chicken, due to the varying size of the grape berries. All grapes in this wine were hand harvested and whole bunch pressed with minimal settling followed by 100% barrel, 100% indigenous yeast fermentation and maturation in 60% new Taransaud French oak. Lees stirring provides this wine with its outstanding freshness and full bodied, textural qualities.