Lead by winemaker Hugh Crichton, Vidal of Hawkes Bay has quite simply astounded us with the premium quality and value of their wine.Hugh brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to his craft, working vintages at Chateau Soutard Grande Cru Classe in Saint Emilion France, Chard Farm in Central Otago, Donnafugata in Italy and several vintages at Millton Vineyards in Gisborne where his passion for organic, environmentally conscious winemaking and viticulture began. With this experience comes a philosophy shared by Hugh of producing wines which are truly reflective of the region and vineyards where the grapes are grown.And we couldn’t agree more!!
Grape – 100% Chardonnay
Region – Premium Hawkes Bay vineyards; Keltern, Kokako, and Lyons, New Zealand
Colour – Pale lemon
Nose – Floral with citrus notes
Palate – Aromas on the nose combine on a finely styled, textured and balanced palate
Winemaker – Hugh Crichton
Awards – Pure Gold — Air New Zealand Wine Awards, Trophy & Gold — Hawkes Bay A&P Wine Awards
Alcohol – 13.5%
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Made from low cropped, hand harvested premium fruit taken from a select vineyard in the Upper Yarra Valley. Aged in French oak barriques for 6 months.
Calvert Vineyard is located just two km east of the Elms Vineyard on Felton Road. The gentle north-east facing slope lies immediately below the hills of the Bannockburn Gold Sluicings, now a historic park. The tailraces of Bailey’s and Pipeclay Gullys’, that carried away massive amounts of sluiced gold workings, flank the vineyard to the west and east respectively and provide helpful cold air drainage to minimise frost risk. The vineyard land had been home to a few sheep, rabbits and briar bushes prior to the planting of vines in 2001. Felton Road started leasing the entire Calvert Vineyard in 2001 (10.2ha) and in 2013 purchased outright the Willows, Springs and Aurum Blocks totalling 4.6 ha of Pinot Noir.
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