Intense, youthful chardonnay with mineral, oyster shell, citrus, grapefruit, stone fruit, hazelnut and spicy oak flavours. A tight, focused and complex wine that can be appreciated now but has a lot of potential.
95 points, Bob Campbell MW (November 2017)
Impressive purity and density of fruit with ripe grapefruit and peach as well as nectarine and hints of mango, subtly placed oak and attractive flinty notes. The palate has a bold serve of rich stone fruit flavor, bright acid to hold fleshy texture in check and a gently mealy, savory finish.
94 points, Nick Stock (December 2017)
The 2015 Clayvin Vineyard Chardonnay is a knockout Marlborough Chardonnay. Nutty, ripe and rich, it offers white peach and grapefruit aromas and flavors, ample weight and concentration on the palate and a long, bright citrus finish. It's tighter, more focused and more intense than the impressive 2016 La Strada Chardonnay.
93 points, Joe Czerwinski (March 2018)
MarlboroughArguably New Zealand’s most famous wine region owing to international demand for Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough is also the largest wine producing region in the country, comprising 79% of New Zealand’s total wine production. Modern winemaking commenced in Marlborough in the 1970s and from tiny beginnings, the vineyard area has rapidly expanded now encompassing 23,600 hectares. Marlborough is located on the east coast of the South Island, with mountains to the west creating a rain shadow, making it one of the driest and sunniest regions in New Zealand. There are three sub regions in Marlborough, the largest being the Wairau Valley, where most plantings are concentrated on free draining alluvial soils. Viticulture has also spread to the cooler Awatere Valley, also on free draining stony loams and vineyards are also situated in the cooler southern valleys with its silt, gravel and clay soils. The soils across all three regions all have relatively low fertility to help curb the vigour of Sauvignon Blanc vines that dominate Marlborough. Although the region built its reputation on crisp, distinctively pungent unoaked Sauvignon Blanc, there is an increasing trend towards more complex barrel-ferment styles. Light-bodied, fruit driven Pinot Noir is also successful.