This Chardonnay is a tribute to our founder, celebrating his unwavering belief in Hawkes Bay as a truly great winegrowing region.
Only crafted in the most exceptional years in limited quantities, these wines are the absolute pinnacle of Vidal Estate.
5 Stars - 20/20 - Raymond Chan - "...a superbly concentrated, intense Chardonnay with a complex amalgam of stonefruits, nuts, smoke, flint and minerals on a vibrant, refined and powerful palate and a never-ending finish."
5 Stars - 98/100 - Bob Campbell MW
5 Stars - 98/100 - Sam Kim, Wine Orbit - "A spectacular chardonnay... symphonic, perfectly proportioned and immensely seductive with its pristine fruit flavours and engaging savoury notes. A dramatic and profound chardonnay for serious wine enthusiasts."
5 Stars - Michael Cooper
PRESSING: Whole bunch pressed
FERMENTATION VESSEL: French oak barrique; 50% new and 50% 1yr old
MATURATION: On lees with stirring – 10mths in barrique and 1 in tank
BOTTLED: 13th March, 2015
BOTTLES MADE: 736
Total acidity: 7.61gL
Residual sugar: Dry
The soils of the Lyons ‘Love Block’ consist of pure gravel beds with layers of sand, silt and clay. Coarse and weakly structured, these soils are free draining allowing for the undiluted concentration of flavour in the fruit. A record high of 1,455 Growing Degree Days and low rainfall resulted in the perfect conditions for hand-picking; intense flavour concentration and balanced acidity.
CLONE: Clone 15 Chardonnay
VINE AGE: Planted 1996
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“A new flagship chardonnay for Vidal with intense citrus, mineral, struck flint, nectarine and spicy oak flavours. This wine makes a strong statement. Youthful, powerful, elegant and potentially very complex wine. A very impressive chardonnay.”