Exceptional chardy

Church Road Grand Reserve Chardonnay 2016, Hawke’s Bay, NZD $39.99

Rich, creamy and complex chardonnay with peach, toast, bran biscuit, cashew nut and subtle struck match flavours. Weighty, mouth-filling wine with impressive intensity and a great balance between fruit-and-alcohol sweetness and gentle acidity. (Screwcap)

Score: 96 ★★★★★ – view Bob’s original tasting

Alcohol: 13%

Ageing: now to 2024

Food: Grilled marinated squid, green tomato, chilli, fennel, pork crackling

Stockists: The Good Wine Co & Glengarry Wines, Auckland; Advintage, Hawke’s Bay (NZ only)

Ranked #2 of 33 2016 Chardonnay from Hawke’s Bay

Price Benchmark: NZD $52.99 Avg 96pt 2016 Chardonnay tasted from New Zealand

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