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A finely textured, yet full-bodied wine of exceptional character and complexity. Hand harvested and hand sorted from extremely low yielding blocks on our Tuki Tuki and Omarunui vineyards, this wine is built around a...Read More
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Tasting Notes
  • Region New Zealand
  • Extras Gift
  • Wine Style Rich Oaky Whites
  • Wine Type White
  • Grapes Chardonnay
  • Body Full
  • Closure Screw Top
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A finely textured, yet full-bodied wine of exceptional character and complexity. Hand harvested and hand sorted from extremely low yielding blocks on our Tuki Tuki and Omarunui vineyards, this wine is built around a core of fragrant fruit. A very natural, low intervention approach to winemaking including wild fermentation of unclarified juice and subsequent wild malolactic fermentations in a selection of our finest French oak barrels has overlaid complexing aromas and flavours.

5 Stars, Michael Cooper's Buyer's Guide "This is the pinnacle of Church Road's Hawke's Bay Chardonnays – as its price conveys. The classy 2020 vintage (5*), grown entirely in the Tuki Tuki Valley, is the second to include fruit (59 per cent of the blend) from the company's Terraces Vineyard, sited further inland than its Tuki Tuki Vineyard (41 per cent). Hand-picked, it was fermented and matured for 11 months on its full yeast lees in French oak barriques (19 per cent new). Bright, light yellow/green, it is highly fragrant, weighty and deep, with vibrant, concentrated citrus and stone-fruit flavours, gently seasoned with oak, balanced acidity, and notable delicacy, complexity and structure. A wine of great finesse, it should flourish for a decade."

96 Points, Outstanding, Cam Douglas MS "After a few minutes in glass to allow the wine to relax the aromas and perfumes begin to unfurl revealing a wine of concentration and complexity. Scents of ripe citrus and fresh California peach, quince and vanilla, yoghurt, apple and barrel spice. There’s a lees, mineral and gun-flint combination that emerges layering in complexity and detail. The core of fruit remains central to the bouquet. On the palate - very youthful with plenty of energy, warm and generous with a coarse-silk texture contrasted by palate weight, stone and citrus fruit flavours from peach to tangerine, grapefruit and baked apple, reflecting the bouquet with a noticeable acid line and fine tannin mouthfeel. There’s no mistaking the oak layer, but this is judiciously used and will soften into the wine as it ages and develops. A delicious wine reflecting an excellent vintage. Best drinking from late 2022 through 2030."

Ripe stone fruit and vibrant citrus aromas are overlaid with subtle oak toast and complexities of hazelnut and brioche on a long and finely textured palate.

14% abv. Hawke's Bay, New Zealand.

Tom McDonald was a passionate winemaker and one of the earliest pioneers of quality winemaking in New Zealand. Produced only in outstanding vintages, TOM wines are of the most exceptional character and quality. Wearing the TOM label is our tribute to one of New Zealand's great winemaking legends.

Church Road embraces Old World winemaking with one arm and technological advancements with the other. And it all begins with fruit grown in Hawke's Bay. Church Road Winery, renowned for being the first in New Zealand to craft exceptional quality Bordeaux style red wine, pioneered the creation of the Hawke’s Bay wine industry. Church Road wines are crafted using the most exceptional quality fruit from vineyards across Hawke’s Bay, together with traditional winemaking techniques to create highly acclaimed award-winning wines.

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Shipping

  • Pricing For 1-12 bottles, shipping is $6.99 for Auckland, $8.99 for the North Island and $11.99 for the South Island. For 13 or more bottles, shipping is $11.99 for Auckland, $14.99 for the North Island and $17.99 for the South Island.
  • Timing We estimate delivery to be up to 3-4 working days for urban NZ addresses, and up to 5 working days for rural delivery.
  • Click and collect is available from our Albany warehouse shop.
  • We do not ship outside of New Zealand.
  • We are unable to deliver to PO Boxes. Delivery is via NZ Couriers.

Returns

You may return most new, unopened items within 30 days of delivery for a full refund. We’ll also pay the return shipping costs if the return is a result of our error (you received an incorrect or defective item, etc.).

You should expect to receive your refund within four weeks of giving your package to the return shipper, however, in many cases you will receive a refund more quickly. This time period includes the transit time for us to receive your return from the shipper (5 to 10 business days), the time it takes us to process your return once we receive it (3 to 5 business days), and the time it takes your bank to process our refund request (5 to 10 business days).

If you need to return an item, simply login to your account, view the order using the ‘Complete Orders’ link under the My Account menu and click the Return Item(s) button. We’ll notify you via e-mail of your refund once we’ve received and processed the returned item.