Wine Advocate 2021 (93 pts)
Boasting signature scents of toasted hazelnuts and white peaches, the 2019 Estate Chardonnay is a classic example of the house style. Medium to full-bodied, it somehow manages to be creamy and zesty at the same time, with rich fruit enlivened by electric acidity and bright citrus notes. Always enjoyable young, this vintage looks to have at least a decade’s worth of longevity. Drink Date: 2021-2030
Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, September 2020 (16.5+)
The real steal is the 2019 Estate Chardonnay. It is absolutely glorious. A selection of the best grapes from ‘six different vineyards in the Kumeu region’. Hand-harvested, whole-bunch pressed, indigenous-yeast fermentation, 100% barrel fermentation, 100% malolactic conversion and 11-month maturation in barrel.Pale greenish straw. Some super-delicate oak on the nose (or do I just mean a hint of savoury Côte d’Or perfume?!). So pure on the nose yet with great grip on the palate and already accessible in a grapefruit sort of way. With this intensity of fruit, it will clearly evolve into something even more convincing but you could certainly enjoy it now. It has both weight and a crystalline quality. VGV Drink 2020 – 2025
Rebecca Gibb MW, vinous.com, November 2020 (91 pts)
The estate Chardonnay is a blend of six different vineyards with approximately 20% fermented in new oak barrels. Texturally, this cuvée offers a sense of flow; it is relaxed in its own skin but provides welcome tension on the precise finish thanks to a line of firm acidity that will leave you smacking your lips. The 20% new oak is well integrated, contributing delicate nougat flavors, and allowing the subtle nectarine and honeydew melon flavors to shine on the medium-length finish.