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Anthony Joseph Vidal 1888 Chardonnay 2016 (Gift Boxed)

Anthony Joseph Vidal 1888 Chardonnay is a distinctive and age-worthy white wine and the absolute pinnacle of Vidal Estate. Only crafted in the most exceptional years in limited quantities (1600 bottles) this Chardonnay is a tribute to founder, Anthony Joseph Vidal, celebrating his unwavering belief in Hawkes Bay as a truly great wine-growing region. 1888 is the ultimate Vidal Chardonnay, only made when everything is in perfect alignment - an incredible growing season combined with a truly exceptional parcel from Vidal's most outstanding vineyard, Kokako. This parcel undergoes a hands-off approach, whole bunch pressing, natural fermentation and extended lees stirring. These factors result in exquisite concentration of flavour, complexity and balance with over 10 years ageing potential. The 1888 Chardonnay is intensely aromatic with citrus blossom, French baguette and complex natural ferment undertones. The palate delivers power and restraint with citrus and pink grapefruit, white stone fruit, roasted nuts and mineral notes. Excellent clear-cut acidity with a lovely satin-like texture leads to an elegant and balanced finish. Complex, persistent, fine and age-worthy.

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Vidal Estate
New Zealand
Hawkes Bay
White Wine
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The Producer Vidal Estate | Hawkes Bay

Vidal Estate Vineyards in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand

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...

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Customer Reviews

Based on 2 reviews
Wine Advocate
Wine Advocate - Robert

There are approximately 120 cases of the stunning 2016 Anthony Joseph Vidal 1888 Chardonnay, sourced from the Kokako Vineyard. Subtle, elegant notes of pencil shavings frame citrus and peach notes on the nose, while the medium to full-bodied palate is electric, zippy and fresh without being tight or unapproachable. Long, dry and mouthwatering on the finish, this is a terrific example of Hawkes Bay Chardonnay.

Bob Campbell MW
Bob Campbell MW - Professional

96/100 - Flagship Chardonnay from a top producer. 1,600 bottles made. Intense and quite complex chardonnay with grapefruit, citrus, white peach, struck flint, mineral, hazelnut, brioche and bran biscuit flavours. A powerful wine that can be appreciated now but will continue to develop with bottle age.