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Clearview Endeavour Chardonnay

Country / Region: Hawkes Bay
Vineyard: Clearview
Varietal: Chardonnay
Vintage: 2015

Effectively New Zealand's Grand Cru Chardonnay from Clearview Estate

Endeavour was made using exceptional hand-picked fruit, from their oldest Mendoza vines - the free-run juice was run directly to barrel without clarification. It is a pure expression of their Te Awanga terroir, made from vines they grafted themselves, planted and tended since 1989. Among New Zealand Chardonnay, it is absolutely unique! The wine is boxed and wrapped in red cloth which honours the first item traded by Captain James Cook, at Cape Kidnappers, Te Awanga, with local Maori on his visit in 1769.

Very concentrated and age worthy Chardonnay, one of the best in New Zealand.

Tasting notes

13 December 2013 by Katie Hutton

93/100. 'The first release of this super-premium label in a 750ml bottle. Made from a seleciton of grapes from 24 year-old vines and aged from three years in French oak barriques. It's predictably very oaky although the oak is supported by intense fruit flavours. Strong nutty yeast lees and spicy oak with peach, grapefruit and some mineral fruit characters. An heroic Chardonnay that should age well. Just a tad too oaky at this stage. Re-tasted one year later in April 2013. Oak appears to have moderated and the wine is showing good integration and plenty of complexity. Very intense.' Bob Campbell

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