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Tony Bish ‘Fat & Sassy’ Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2018

24 January,2019

It is well-recognised that Tony Bish is one of this country’s best makers of Chardonnay. Not only is this based on his track record with the Sacred Hill ‘Riflemans’ wine, but his different approaches in making his own-label Tony Bish wines which include the use of concrete eggs for fermentation. Tony’s ‘Fat & Sassy’ Chardonnay, the first vintage made in 2013, is arguably his trademark, not only the name evocative, but also employing winemaking which guides the fruit to a wine that is ‘fat and sassy’. I must note that I find all of Tony’s Chardonnays elegant and refined, especially those from the 2017 vintage, but there is never any lack of interest, detail or intensity. Here, I review the new release 2018 ‘Fat & Sassy’ Chardonnay, with ‘fat and sassy’ style. www.tonybishwines.co.nz

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Tony Bish ‘Fat & Sassy’ Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2018

Chardonnay from New Zealand – Hawke’s Bay

18.5/20

Bright, deep, golden yellow colour with depth, a little lighter on the rim. This has a softly full nose of fresh yellow stonefruits enriched by a layering of nutty oak and lees. This has a soft and rounded density and concentration to the aromatics, that unfolds a little butter and ripe tropical fruit detail. Medium-bodied, the palate is rounded and fulsome with mouthfilling flavours of ripe yellow stonefruits and tropical fruits entwined with layers of nutty oak and lees. This unfolds creamy barrel-ferment elements and MLF detail, and the wine shows some underlying power with plenty of drive, the soft acidity enhancing he palate richness. The wine carries to a full, fruit-chich finish with nutty and buttery flavours. This is an elegantly sized Chardonnay with richness and ripeness, along with creamy textures, unfolding buttery notes. Match with roasted poultry and pork dishes over the next 3+ years. Fruit from 3 sites in the Bridge Pa Triangle, one-third fermented in large oak vat, one-third in barrique and one-third in tank, to 13.0% alc., the wine aged 9 months in barrel with batonnage and 100% MLF. 18.5/20 Jan 2019 RRP $21.95

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