Big and buttery… top Gisborne Chardonnay

2016 Matawhero Church House Chardonnay $25.90

You can expect – and find – plenty to love in this bone dry, full bodied, barrel fermented Gisborne Chardonnay, which is all about creamy freshness and crisp citrus flavours. I love the taste of Chardonnay when its citrusy freshness is encouraged to shine in wines such as this newest vintage of Matawhero Church House Chardonnay 2016, which is made with grapes grown on the Tietjen and Briant vineyards in Gisborne. It’s a mix of different clones and the grapes were harvested when the temperatures were still relatively cool in the morning, which accentuates the wine’s freshness and moderate but refreshing acidity. The finish is long and tasty. This is a stunner.

Glengarry’s and other specialist stores stock this wine and Hancocks is the New Zealand distributor.