Neck Of The Woods Chardonnay 2018
- New Zealand, 750ml
A graceful melody of rock melon and peach with creamy nutty hazelnut notes brought to focus with an opulent and juicy citrus finish. As a wine we feel this vintage is showing splendidly considering its youth. It is drinking well now and will continue to evolve as it ages.
- Winery: Neck of the Woods
- Varietal: Chardonnay
- Region: Hawke's Bay, New Zealand
- Vintage: 2018
- Alcohol: 12.5%
- Volume: 750ml
- Closure: Screwcap
Food pairing: Chicken; veal & pork; shrimp, crab & lobster; potato & squash; cream & pesto sauces; mild & semi soft cheeses
We don’t talk about Sir Joseph Banks much anymore. But back in the day, he was a rockstar in his field. The poster boy of plants. The Boss of Botany. He had a taste for the exotic and was very, very thorough in his exploration down under. His natural charm and curiosity made him popular with the locals. And soon enough his studies of plants gave way to intimate studies of the people. But he still found the time to discover more than 300 species of flora and fauna, and after seeing locals ride the ocean waves with wooden boards, he introduced the concept of surfing to Europe. This Chardonnay is a tribute to this rock star naturalist. His passion for discovery drives us to push boundaries, experiment and never settle.
Neck of the Woods goal is to make authentic wines that harness the weird and wild of Central Otago, staying true to the land with minimal intervention winemaking. They craft small batch fine wines including Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and an Orange wine that show off this unique and wonderous wine region.
Those that follow the rules rarely make history. So Neck of the Woods forge their own path. And do things their way. Are they unconventional? Yes. Uncompromising? Absolutely. But that’s exactly what makes their Neck of the Woods worth exploring.
Neck of the Woods are lucky enough to call Jen Parr their leading lady/winemaker. An Oregon native and graduate of Stanford University, Jen has called Central Otago home since 2007. She has extensive international winemaking experience including in the USA, France, South Africa and Australia in addition to 17 harvests in NZ.
Jen has been a Winemaker in Otago since 2007. In 2018 she was awarded the Winemaker of the Year at the NZ International Aromatic Competition and was nominated as one of six finalists for the Gourmet Traveler Magazine NZ Winemaker of the Year in 2019 for her work with Valli.
- 5 Stars & 94/100 - Wine Orbit
- Outstanding & 93/100 Points - Cameron Douglas MS
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