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Vidal Estate Reserve Chardonnay 2018

Chardonnay is a real speciality at Vidal and this Estate Reserve Chardonnay perfectly reflects their talent for producing premium quality expressions. An emphasis on fruit quality and minimal handling results in an intensely flavoured and elegant Hawkes Bay Chardonnay. Juices from gently pressed grapes were partially settled before being racked with light lees to French oak barriques (15% new) for natural and inoculated fermentation. Following this, some batches went through natural malolactic fermentation to balance out the natural acidity. Oak barrels were selected for their subtle flavour and aroma profile, adding complexity gained from 10 months maturation on lees. Beautifully fragrant citrus, stone fruit and roasted nuts combine on a finely styled, textured and balanced palate showing good complexity.

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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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The Region New Zealand | Hawkes Bay

Hawkes Bay is located on the eastern coast of New Zealand’s North Island and is the country's second largest wine region with a respected 100+ year heritage in wine production. The various topography and wide range of soil types - from fertile silty loam’s to free-draining shingle...

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The Primary Grape Chardonnay

Organic vines in vineyard with crop cover

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Customer Reviews

Based on 1 review
Leo Quinn
5 Star Treat

Beautifully balanced example of a well crafted Chardonnay. Wonderful dry palate with a hint of oak. Compares really well to the many Burgundian Chardonnays tasted during frequent travels in France.