Hans Herzog Chardonnay 2017

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World Wine – 'Big, ripe, complex, mouth-filling Chardonnay with ripe peach, citrus, hazelnut, brioche and spicy oak flavours. A generously proportioned wine that's rich and textural with a lingering finish. Delicious now but with potential. Drink: 2020-2023' 95 POINTS Bob Campbell, therealreview.com

About This Wine

Chardonnay, a progeny of Pinot Noir and Gouais Blanc, is responsible for the finest white Burgundy. When the vineyard site is right, yields not too high, acid not too low, and winemaking skilled, Chardonnay can produce thrilling, savoury, dry, full-bodied wines that will continue to improve in bottle for more than a decade. The ideal warm and long growing season of 2017, together with our low yield philosophy, produced perfect healthy and flavourful berries with a gentle perfume, ripened to perfection from the 20-year-old vines.

'Big, ripe, complex, mouth-filling Chardonnay with ripe peach, citrus, hazelnut, brioche and spicy oak flavours. A generously proportioned wine that's rich and textural with a lingering finish. Delicious now but with potential. Drink: 2020-2023'


 95 POINTS

Bob Campbell, therealreview.com
Type White Wine
Varietal(s) Chardonnay
Country New Zealand
Region Marlborough
Brand Hans Herzog
Vintage 2017

Wines of Marlborough

Marlborough is at the northern tip of New Zealand’s South Island and is the leading region in the country, being responsible for 75% of NZ’s wine production and 85% of its exports. Marlborough is internationally renowned for its distinctive style of Sauvignon Blanc, described by some wine writers such as Oz Clarke and George Taber as the best in the world. Australia being such a close neighbour, we get a great number of brands imported into the country.

Sauvignon Blanc in Marlborough is grown on well-draining alluvial gravels, with large temperature fluctuations between day and night. These conditions are great for growing grapes that strike a perfect balance between ripeness and acidity. The result is sauvignon blanc that is aromatic, driven by tropical fruit flavours but also supported by an herbaceous and mineral character. Aussies often described Marlborough Savvy Blanc as full of passionfruit flavour.

Despite many consumers having an idea of what Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc is, the wine is actually made in a wide range of different styles. Wine makers take advantage of different clones, fermentation styles, lees-stirring and aging regimens to give their wines nuance and differentiate their brand from one another. You may have had sauvignon blanc from Marlborough before, but it is always worth exploring some not so commercial brands if it is a style you enjoy.

Other varieties that are produced in the region include Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris.

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