New chardonnay

Bilancia Chardonnay 2014, Hawke’s Bay, NZD $33.99

The first Bilancia Chardonnay I have tasted. Fruit from La Collina vineyard and Bridge Pa Triangle. Indigenous yeast and 15 months in oak without fining or cold stabilisation. Attractive, elegant chardonnay with tight citrus, mineral, struck flint and savoury yeast lees and spicy oak flavours. A classy chardonnay with development potential. (Screwcap)

Score: 94 ★★★★½ – view on

Alcohol: 13%

Ageing: now to 2021

Food: Kingfish tail, prosciutto, sage

Stockists: Fine Wine Delivery Company (NZ); Prince Wine Store, Melbourne; IS Wine, Sydney (AU)

Ranked #8 of 61 2014 Chardonnay tasted from Hawke’s Bay

Price Benchmark: NZD $43.65 Avg 94pt 2014 Chardonnay tasted from New Zealand

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