Chardonnay grandeur

Church Road Grand Reserve Chardonnay 2015, Hawkes Bay, NZD $39.99

Ripe peach, nectarine and apricot flavours seasoned with brioche-like yeast lees, nutty oak, struck flint, mineral and a suggestion of sizzled butter. An intense and appealing wine that, though approachable now, promises to develop well with further bottle age. (Screwcap)

Score: 96 ★★★★★ – view on BobCampbell.nz

Alcohol: 14%

Ageing: now to 2023

Food: Pan-fried snapper, cuttlefish, capsicum, chorizo and white beans

Stockists: Church Road Wines; First Glass Wines, Auckland; Vino Fino, Canterbury (NZ)

Ranked #3 of 38 2015 Chardonnay tasted from Hawke’s Bay

Price Benchmark: NZD $59.50 Avg 96pt 2015 Chardonnay tasted from New Zealand

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