Although there is a large likelihood that the trophy Chardonnay will once again be one from the Villa Maria stable we prefer to give the spot to a wine that we have loved for years. The hand harvested fruit is sourced from a selected block in Hawkes Bay. Whole bunch pressed and matured in 30% new French oak barrels have created a wine that is pale straw in colour. The aromas are complex and sweet showing toast and stone fruit notes with hints of marzipan and good minerality. The palate is very full with a fine structure with forward fruit and a long clean finish. The texture is full with subtle aromas on the mid palate. The Jewelstone Chardonnay has a fine finish showing great persistence and freshness.
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