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The Boneline Sharkstone Chardonnay 2019

The Boneline Sharkstone Chardonnay 2019

  • Chardonnay
  • New Zealand, 750ml
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"An emerging classic from North Canterbury. Full of potential, the distinctive 2019 vintage was estate-grown, hand-picked from 30 year-old vines and fermented with indigenous yeasts in French oak barrels. Bright, light yellow/green, it is highly fragrant, with intense, youthful, citrusy, peachy, biscuity flavours, savoury notes adding complexity, vibrant acidity and a lasting finish. ‘Puligny-like’, I jotted down. Still a baby" Michael Cooper

  • Winery: The Boneline
  • Varietal: Chardonnay
  • Region: Waipara, New Zealand
  • Vintage: 2019
  • Alcohol: 14%
  • Volume: 750ml
  • Closure: Screwcap
  • Food pairing: Chicken; veal & pork; shrimp, crab & lobster; potato & squash; cream & pesto sauces; mild & semi soft cheeses

Winery notes - Pale lemon with green and gold shimmer. Ripe stone fruits, charred citrus, flinty gunsmoke with underlying apple blossom and honey suckle. Crunchy nectarine & yellow stone fruit with vanilla custard — cradled by green mango freshness from a bright and driving acidity. Gentle, elegant oak purity and warmth hovers as the central acorn of this wine, grounded by the underlying voice of this ancient river terrace site — a salt crust mineral flow. 2019 brings a further footstep along the Sharkstone path as we learn more every season from these old vines in an unsettled climate.

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.

  • 5 Stars - Michael Cooper (2019 vintage)
  • 94/100 Points - Cameron Douglas (2019 vintage)
  • 94/100 Points - Bob Campbell (2019 vintage)
  • 5 Stars - Michael Cooper (2018 vintage)
  • 93/100 Points - Cameron Douglas (2018 vintage)
  • Top 10 - 2020 Metro Top 50 Wines (2018 vintage)
  • 94/100 Points - Bob Campbell (2018 vintage)

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