Chardonnay 2019
Bay of Islands The Landing

Chardonnay 2019

Tasting Notes

The 2019 Vintage of The Landing Chardonnay has opened the window to just how great Northland Chardonnay from our site can be. This perfect growing season produced an austere, elegant and refined style. Attractive citrus and stone fruit aromatics sit perfectly with a hint of nutty-spice. On the palate, the wine has a full profile with more white stone fruit and spice. A racy stony minerality creates a lovely long finish with drying tannins that just beg for your glass to be filled again.

  • Vineyard & Winemaking

    The Landing Chardonnay is made from hand-picked estate-grown fruit, which is whole-bunch pressed and fermented in French oak barriques. After 11 months in oak, the wine is blended to tank to finish ageing.

    Harvested from a mix of Chardonnay clones B95, 548, and UCD15 vines growing in the greywacke clay soils of the Purerua Peninsula, the 2019 vintage came from an outstanding growing season. The grapes for this Chardonnay were hand-picked between February 16 and March 8.

Delicious now, but also well worth cellaring, the 2019 vintage was estate-grown, hand-picked and fermented and matured for 11 months in French oak barriques (10 per cent new). Bright, light lemon/green, it is a very harmonious, fragrant, full-bodied wine, with generous, ripe stone-fruit flavours, slightly toasty and buttery notes, and very good vigour and complexity.

Sam Kim

Estate-grown at a coastal site in the northern Bay of Islands, the very refined 2019 vintage was hand-picked and matured for 11 months in French oak barriques. Mouthfilling and tightly structured, it has vibrant, generous, well-ripened peach and grapefruit flavours, mealy and biscuity notes adding complexity, and a lasting finish. Still very youthful, it’s well worth cellaring to 2023+. 5 Stars

Michael Cooper

Aromas and flavours of stone fruits and barrel spices, raw sugar and hay, vanilla and baked apple. Youthful, fresh, familiar and complex. Delicious, fresh silky textured and fruity on the palate. Flavours mirror the bouquet with stone fruits, citrus and tree fruit flavours. Fine tannins and precise acid line form a great foundation for the fruit. Great drinking from today and through 2028.

Cameron Douglas

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