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Felton Road Chardonnay Bannockburn 2014 750ml

Rated 94 - A very rich nose with plenty of nectarine, grapefruit, yellow peach and an assertive pure fruit edge. There is a strong comparison to...
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Felton Road Chardonnay Block 2 2014 750ml

Rated 92 - (100% Mendoza clone planted on pure schist and gravel soil in 1992; no new oak; bottled unfined and unfiltered): Bright yellow. Lemon...
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Neudorf Chardonnay 2014 750ml

Rated 90 - The 2014 Neudorf Chardonnay is scented of apples and white peaches with an orange blossom, nutmeg and baking bread undercurrent....
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Te Mata Estates Chardonnay Elston 2014 750ml

Rated 91 - Produced from 100% Mendoza clone and having undergone 100% malo-lactic, the 2014 Chardonnay Elston Hawkes Bay offers pretty white peach,...

2014 Chardonnay New Zealand

Of all the white wine grape varietals, surely the one which has spread the furthest and is most widely appreciated is the Chardonnay. This green skinned grape is now grown all over the Old and New Worlds, from New Zealand to the Americas, from England to Chile, and is one of the first varietals people think of when considering white wine grapes. Perhaps this is because of its huge popularity which reached a peak in the 1990s, thanks to new technologies combining with traditional methods to bring the very best features out of the Chardonnay grape, and allow its unique qualities to shine through. Most fine Chardonnay wines use a process known as malolactic fermentation, wherein the malic acids in the grape juice are converted to lactic acids, allowing a creamier, buttery nature to come forward in the wine. No grape varietal is better suited to this process than Chardonnay, which manages to balance these silky, creamy notes with fresh white fruit flavors beautifully.
As with nearby Australia, New Zealand has over the past century proven itself to be a superb location for producing high quality wines in vast amounts, with much of the cooler regions of both islands being used primarily for vine cultivation. New Zealand wineries are notable for their enthusiasm in regards to experimentation, and for utilizing modern technologies and methods to make the most of the imported grape varietals which flourish in the rich, fertile soils and oceanic climate. In recent years, it has been the New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc wines which have gained the most attention, as a result of their smoky character and ability to carry the mineral rich nature of the terroir they grow in. Changing consumer interests have brought about a considerable rise in the production of organic and sustainable wines in New Zealand, of which again, the Sauvignon Blanc varietals are leading the way in regards to excellence, flavor and overall character.