(100% Mendoza clone planted on pure schist and gravel soil in 1992; no new oak; bottled unfined and unfiltered): Bright yellow. Lemon curd, minerals, spices and underripe pineapple on the vibrant nose. Wonderfully fresh and complex on the palate, conveying terrific precision to the flavors of peach, lemon zest, lime, mirabelle, nettles, minerals, spices and crushed herbs. This savory, concentrated wine boasts lovely inner-mouth perfume and much more nuance than the basic Bannockburn bottling. Delivers superb density of texture without any weightiness. This wine was racked after 12 months but returned to barrel for another 5 before being bottle. Finishes tactile, firm and very long, with noteworthy energy. Really leaves the mouth vibrating. An outstanding, site-driven New Zealand Chardonnay.
Score: 92 points -- Vinous
Classic citrus flowers and zest, very linear and single minded. This is a clue to the palate; a shockwave of citrus and stone, with laser sharp focus, only allowing the hints of nuts and toast to show through a long, long finish. Texturally the wine is full but kept tight with a fine minerality and immense precision.