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Clearview Estate 2016 Reserve Chardonnay and Syrah

15 August,2017
One of the most-well known of Hawke’s Bay wineries, Tim Turvey and Helma van den Berg’s Clearview Estate is famous for its mouthfilling, thoroughly satisfying Chardonnays. The ‘Reserve’ Chardonnay is an iconic New Zealand wine with a three decade track record. A visit to Clearview Estate earlier this year showed the continued developments and evolution of the vineyard, the growth at the winery and the diversity of the wines made, as well as the contribution of Matt Kirby in the winemaking (click here to see my report). While the Bordeaux-variety reds are Clearview’s next line of most-respected wines, Syrah has quickly caught up. The latest Clearview Syrahs are excellent Hawke’s Bay examples, and the ‘Reserve’ bottling is pushing boundaries. Here, I review the 2016 ‘Reserve’ Chardonnay and Syrah. www.clearviewestate.co.nz


Clearview ‘Reserve’ Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2016

Chardonnay from New Zealand – Hawke’s Bay

Bright, even, light golden-yellow colour, a little lighter on the rim. This has a full, voluminous and deeply packed nose with layers of complexing interwoven aromas, showing citrus, yellow stonefruit and tropical fruit along with nutty, creamy barrel-ferment elements and an amalgam of flinty, toasty and smoky oak notes. Medium-full bodied, the palate is rich and fulsome with open and accessible flavours of bright, lusciously vibrant, ripe yellow stonefruits, tropical fruits and citrus fruit, along with complex, savoury creamy and nutty barrel-ferment notes melded with flint, smoke and toasty nuances. The flavours build in richness and depth, providing a solid but rounded heart with integrated lacy acidity. The wine flows smoothly with a degree of unctuousness, leading to a long, finish of citrus, flint, nuts and toast. This is a rich and accessible, fulsome and complex Chardonnay with ripe stonefruit, tropical fruit and citrus fruits, intermixed with nuts. Flint ant toasty oak. Serve with roasted pork over the next 4-5+ years. Predominantly from 29 y.o. vines and some newer plantings from the estate ‘Te Awanga’ vineyards, hand-picked and indigenous yeast barrel-fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 14 months in 49% new French oak barriques, undergoing 100% MLF. 19.5-/20 Aug 2017 RRP $45.00

Clearview ‘Reserve’ Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2016

Syrah from New Zealand – Hawke’s Bay

Very dark, near impenetrable black-red colour at the hearty, a little lighter on the edge. This has a very full, softly voluminous and gently concentrated nose packed with aromas of ripe blackberry and dark raspberry fruit along with a piquant herbal line and lifted violet and dark-red florals. Medium-full bodied, the palate is rich and solidly concentrated with deep flavours of ripe blackberry and dark raspberry fruit unfolding a subtle array of piquant herbs with subtle notes of spice and florals. The palate is rounded, and supported by supple, but considerable tannin structure which enables the fruit sweetness to prevail and carry to a long and sustained finish of black berried and raspberry with an individual herbal line. This is rich, rounded but well concentrated and structured Syrah with ripe blackberry and raspberry fruit and a distinctive herbal complexity. Match with herb-marinated game meat dishes over the next 6-8+ years. Fruit from estate Te Awanga vines fermented with 100% whole bunches to 13.5% alc., the wine spending 4 weeks on skins and aged 14 months in four seasoned puncheon, two being 1 y.o. 18.5+/20 Aug 2017 RRP $45.00
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