The Boneline Barebone 2018

The Boneline Barebone 2018

  • Chardonnay
  • New Zealand, 750ml

 "The powerful, distinctive 2018 vintage was made with ‘minimal use of old oak barrels’. Bright, light lemon/green, it is a weighty wine, with concentrated, ripe, stone-fruit flavours to the fore, considerable complexity, finely balanced acidity and a dry, lengthy finish" Michael Cooper

  • Winery: The Boneline
  • Varietal: Chardonnay
  • Region: Waipara, New Zealand
  • Vintage: 2018
  • Alcohol: 14.5%
  • Volume: 750ml
  • Closure: Screwcap

Food pairing: Chicken; veal & pork; shrimp, crab & lobster; potato & squash; cream & pesto sauces; mild & semi soft cheeses

Boneline are serious about the Burgundy characteristics of Waipara and this is their take on a Petit Chablis – complete with the limey mineral nuances (though no harsh acidity). Stylish and delicate, from a new producer to watch.


The Boneline label from the Waipara Valley, North Canterbury, grew from the Waipara West operation, but instead of making wines that suited the European markets, The Boneline was to be focussed on the Australian and New Zealand palate. The Boneline is the family partnership of London-based Paul Tutton, his artist wife Olga Sienko, and his sister Vic Tutton who is based on the vineyard with her husband Lindsay Hill who is the viticulturist. The wines come from 25 ha of vines planted from 1989, with Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Riesling in white, and Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc with some Syrah in red. Behind the change of style were the inputs of the highly respected winegrower Jeff Sinnott, who has been assisted by Paul Goodege. Paul is now the winemaker but Jeff Sinnott remains as consultant. ‘The Boneline’ refers to the nearby K-T Boundary line that is evidence of the global catastrophe of an asteroid impact on the earth defining the end of the Mesozoic Era and the extinction of the dinosaurs. The labels feature fossils discovered in the Waipara River dating back as far as 65 million years.


  • 93/100 - Cameron Douglas MS
  • 4.5 Stars - Michael Cooper


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