The Landing Chardonnay 2021
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The Landing Chardonnay 2021


Tasting Notes

Bright citrus and stone fruit aromatics complimented by mineral and spice complexity. Concentrated on the palate with ripe fruit characters balanced by a juicy acidity and long finish. A Chardonnay that shows richness alongside a tightly structured palate with layers of texture and flavour.

  • Vineyard & Winemaking

    Each block or part block is hand-picked, then hand sorted before whole-bunch pressing. Juice either goes direct to barrel or after overnight settling, depending on fruit condition. Free-run juice only for The Landing Chardonnay.\r\nIndigenous ferment, approximately two-thirds of barrels are allowed to complete MLF. 40% new French oak: Chassin, François Frères, Damy, Mercurey, and Berger. 11 months in barrel before blending to tank for 6 months further ageing. Crossflow filtered before bottling.

  • Vintage Notes

    An excellent growing season, very dry and warm through spring and early summer which led to low yields and early phenology. Rain in mid-February pushed ripening back to near normal.

  • Awards

    DOUBLE GOLD 2023 New Zealand International Wine Show
    GOLD 2023 Sommelier’s Choice Awards
    SILVER 2023 Los Angeles International Wine Competition
    SILVER 2023 SommCon Concours d’Vin
    SILVER 2023 San Francisco International Wine

  • Reviews

    Estate-grown and hand-harvested at a coastal site in the northern Bay of Islands, the classy 2021 vintage (5*) was fermented and matured for 11 months in French oak barriques. Bright, light lemon/green, it is mouthfilling and sweet-fruited, with fresh, ripe, peachy, slightly toasty flavours, showing excellent concentration and complexity, and a savoury, finely textured, lingering finish. Already delicious, it should be at its best 2025+.

    If there’s a postcode for Happy Place then this bottle has my digits on it. Crafted by Ben Byrne and Warren Gibson, this rich, incredibly expressive hand-picked, whole-bunch pressed, French oak-fermented example showcases deliciously structured citrus and stonefruit through grapefruit and nectarine nuances, a core of caramelised, toasty complexity and lithe, creamy textures to finish, Generous and juicy, it’s a beautifully balanced style which has a luxurious mouthfeel and a classically refreshing character.

    SAM KIM | 95/100
    Gracefully stylish and complex, the wine shows white flesh nectarine, grapefruit, cedar and nougat characters with a hint of flinty overtone. The elegantly expressed palate delivers brilliant focus and fine flow, superbly structured by bright acidity, finishing impressively long and refined. At its best: now to 2031.

    High toned and toasty with lots of buttery notes against juicy peach, melon and mango aromas that segue through to the palate where flavours of apricot and vanilla shine through. This wine is rich and mouth filling with precise, pure fruit, wonderful focus and a long and salivating finish.

    WINE ENTHUSIAST I 94/100 - Editor’s Choice
    An enticing and transparent nose of lightly roasted buttered cashews, preserved lemon and cantaloupe give this NZ Chardy, from the northern Bay of Islands, salty, windswept seaside vibes. There are precision, freshness, curves and textural appeal—a well-executed and harmonious bottling. Cooper Imports. Editors’ Choice. —C.P.

    ROBERT PARKER l RP 94+/100
    The 2021 Madre Chardonnay is the third vintage made, and it’s rich yet taut. In the mouth, the wine initially leads with lashings of orchard fruit, brine and pink grapefruit, but it quickly pulls in tight through the mid-palate and sails out over the finish. It is billowing but directional and unfurls in the mouth like a gib in high wind. Through the finish, there is plenty of tannin, which shapes the fruit. I like it very much, and I will love to see how this ages. It feels like it will go well. 14% alcohol, sealed under screw cap. Reviewed by Erin Larkin

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