Origin: Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
Vidal Estate Chardonnay
Hot summer days, a long growing season and free-draining soils have helped Hawke’s Bay become one of the premier wine regions in New Zealand. Anthony Joseph Vidal, a young emigrant from Spain, was one of the first winemakers to appreciate the natural potential of the area. He established Vidal Estate in 1905 and his spirit of adventure coupled with a lifelong commitment to crafting classic, elegant wines remains an inspiration to this day. It was from there he became one of New Zealand’s early wine innovators and his success led to expansion with further vineyard plantings in Te Awanga and then Te Mata.
Fruit for this wine was grown in the cooler valleys of Dartmoor and Ohiti along with the warmer, free draining Bridge Pa and neighbouring gravel based soils of Omahu. In the vineyard, particular attention was given to “opening up” vine canopies, yield restriction and selective harvesting.
Enticing aromas of citrus and stone fruit combine with integrated oak and an underlying nuttiness on the palate. Fruit driven, vibrant and well balanced, this wine is ideal on its own or served with fresh seasonal produce.