Radburnd Cellars Chardonnay 2018

Radburnd Cellars Chardonnay 2018

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95 POINTS & 5 STARS: Bob Campbell, The Real Review 2020
19/20 POINTS (95): Candice Chow, Raymond Chan Wine Reviews Jan 2021
5 STARS: Michael Cooper, Buyers Guide Edition 2021
95 POINTS & 5 STARS: Huon Hooke, The Real Review 2021
18.5+/20 POINTS: Geoff Kelly Wine Reviews, June 2020

An elegant Chardonnay which focuses on the beautiful structure so evident in this grape variety. Pristine fruit and balanced acidity are the backbone, enhanced with seamless texture and mouthfeel. Citrus notes, particularly grapefruit pith abound, gracefully supported by sweet French oak.

“Concentrated, powerful chardonnay with citrus, tree fruit, peach, struck-flint, mineral, hazelnut and brioche flavours. A seamless, sophisticated wine that's a pleasure to taste now but promises to develop well with bottle age. 2020–2025”
 - Bob Campbell

“Brilliant yellow with a golden and slight green hue, even colour throughout. The nose is elegantly full, growing with intensity, nuances of peaches, lemon flesh, honeydew melon interweave well-proportioned gunflint and toasted almonds. Medium-full bodied, the aroma of peaches, pink grapefruit, preserved citrus peels have positive ripeness, unfolding nougat, roasted almonds and amalgam spices linger to a long, sustained, elegant finish. The palate has a fluidity that's alluring; feathery light creaminess flows with seamless, well-integrated acidity, with focus and tension yet poise and graceful. A hint of phenolic carries positive citrus peels bitterness along with almond skins, added interest and complexity. This is a well-crafted, elegant Chardonnay with an alluring and seamless flow, ready to be consumed or ageing."
 - Candice Chow

“From winemaker Kate Radburnd, best known for her long spell at Pask (1990–2017), the classy, youthful 2018 vintage (5*) was grown at Mangatahi and Bridge Pa, hand-picked and fermented and matured for 11 months in French oak puncheons and barriques (new and seasoned). Full of potential, it is mouthfilling and highly concentrated, with deep, citrusy, peachy flavours, woven with fresh acidity, finely integrated oak, and impressive vigour, complexity and length. A top debut, it’s well worth cellaring to 2022+”
 - Michael Cooper

“Light to medium-yellow colour, with a complex bouquet that showcases buttery popcorn notes, nougat and toast. The wine is medium to full-bodied and rich, with sustained flavour and lovely balance, the flavours lingering on and on superbly. Slightly oaky finish is the only quibble, and it's a small one. 2021-2027”
 - Huon Hooke

“A perfect shining lemon, nearly a hint of green, a great young chardonnay colour. Bouquet is sweet, ripe, nearly floral, classic young mendoza-clone chardonnay with its hint of yen-ben citrus aromatics, on golden queen peachy fruit. Below is lees-contact complexity and fragrant yet subtle oak which immediately deepens the bouquet, and draws you in, so you are itching to taste the wine. Palate is vibrant with fresh acid against good fruit, the acid making the oak a little more noticeable now, but it will marry away."
 - Geoff Kelly