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Clearview Estate ‘Endeavour’ Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2015

30 October,2017
Clearview Estate ‘Reserve’ Chardonnay has been one of this country’s most highly regarded of that varietal for nearly three decades. The wine is one of the richer, more opulent and complex styles produced, but it has been becoming more refined, and dare I say it, more elegant over the years. Proprietor and winemaker Tim Turvey wanted to make an ultra-premium Chardonnay of the style, that harked back to the original wines, but taken even further. It would be made from the oldest Mendoza clone vines, planted in 1989, be a blend of Old and New World techniques, given extended oak maturation, the fruit in a condition that could encompass wild yeast fermentation 100% new oak and 100% MLF and plenty of lees work. It would also reflect the Te Awanga terroir as well as carry the bold Clearview Estate personality. Thus was born the ‘Endeavour’ Chardonnay, the Clearview Estate white flagship, made in exceptional years, and a partner to the ‘Basket Press Red’. The 2015 is the sixth vintage released, the previous vintages being 2013, 2009, 2007, 2004 and 2002. Clearview Estate winemaker Matt Kirby notes that the 2015 was made with greater refinement than earlier vintages. www.clearviewestate.co.nz

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Clearview ‘Endeavour’ Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2015

Chardonnay from New Zealand – Hawke’s Bay

19.5+/20
Full, light golden-yellow colour with some depth. The nose is immensely voluminous with deeply concentrated with integrated and complex-layered aromas of ripe yellow stonefruits along with nutty and mealy notes, creamy barrel-ferment elements and fresh mineral and flinty detail. Medium-full bodied, the palate is extremely well-packed and concentrated with rich and luscious flavours of yellow stonefruits, savoury citrus fruits and layers of nutty and mealy elements with complexing mineral and flinty characters. The flavours are mouthfilling with a creamy barrel-ferment unctuous texture forming a dense core, which is balanced by a line of crisp acidity. The palate flows along a fine, textural line of fruit extract and richness, with real power, leading to a strong, long and concentrated finish. This is an impressively powerful and richly concentrated Chardonnay of heroic proportions, weight and density, with complex layers of flavour, balanced by fine acidity. Match with creamy and rich seafood, poultry and pork dishes over the next 6+ years. Hand-picked fruit from Mendoza clone vines, planted in 1989, the juice run direct to barrel and indigenous yeast fermented with full solids to 14.2% alc., the wine aged 29 months in 100% new oak, undergoing batonnage and 100% MLF. 19.5+/20 Oct 2017 RRP $175.00
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