Theory & Practice 2018 Chardonnay
- New Zealand, 750ml
Medium straw colour with green hints. Ripe nectarine and peach notes on the nose. palate is full bodied and rich with a broad, slippery texture. Browned butter, toasted cashew and canned peach notes all add interest. These layers of richness come mainly from perfectly ripened grapes, sweet French oak barrels and warm fermentation temperatures. The finish is long and rich.
- Winery: Ant Mackenzie Wines
- Varietal: Chardonnay
- Region: Hawke's Bay, New Zealand
- Vintage: 2018
- Alcohol: 13.5%
- Volume: 750ml
- Closure: Screwcap
Food pairing: Chicken; veal & pork; shrimp, crab & lobster; potato & squash; cream & pesto sauces; mild & semi soft cheeses
Over the past 20 years Ant McKenzie has crafted fantastic wines for some of the largest wineries in New Zealand wine - Dry River, Framingham, Mud House, Te Awa and Spy Valley. Now, under his own banner, he has created a multi-tier range of wines with Theory and Practice range pitched as "contemporary wines with a creative edge" .
"My working life in wine takes me up and down the country visiting wine regions, growers and producers. I’m almost always helping producers make or market wine using some of the theories and practices honed over my years in the industry.
Along the way I come across special parcels of fruit and wine that often don’t have a home.
Working with these growers and sometimes wineries we put together blends that reflect the regions where they are grown and the contemporary wine styles that the market enjoys.
With an initial focus on our home region of Hawke’s Bay we produce a small range of four wines: Chardonnay and a Pinot Gris; a Merlot and a Syrah.
My grower clients that provide fruit for these wines include Andrew and Deborah Stewart and his parents Warren and Olwynne, John and Kathryn Loughlin, Neal Cave and Suzanna Taylor, Bruce Leppard, Johnny and Shona Lyons, Philip and Sarah Barber, and Rene Fisch. There are also winery clients contributing to these wines and sometimes an ‘x-factor’ component gets sourced from outside of the family to make that all important difference." Ant Mackenzie
Previous vintages - 2017:
- 93/100 Points - Sam Kim, Wine Orbit
- 18.5/20 Points - Raymond Chan
- Silver - Bob Campbell MW, Real Review
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