Tony Bish 'Heartwood' Chardonnay 2020
- New Zealand, 750ml
The aroma is pure and intense with peach, sweet citrus notes, nutty complexity and lifted vanilla. Complex and enticing. These aromas flow onto the palate which is weighty, rich and pure with defined varietal expression, barrel ferment complexity, and a sustained citrus finish. The French oak and fruit are beautifully balanced.
- Winery: Tony Bish
- Varietal: Chardonnay
- Region: Hawke's Bay, New Zealand
- Vintage: 2020
- Alcohol: 13.5%
- Volume: 750ml
- Closure: Screwcap
- Food pairing: Chicken; veal & pork; shrimp, crab & lobster; potato & squash; cream & pesto sauces; mild & semi soft cheeses
Another gorgeous, gently hedonistic Chardonnay from master Chardonnay winemaker, Tony Bish. Superb sources of Tony's favourite Mendoza clone of Chardonnay are hand-picked and fermented in the vessels that give the wine its name -- top quality French oak. This generous yet refined and expert wine is a "must-try" for Hawkes Bay lovers.
The man who has helmed the winemaking duties that took Sacred Hill from a few vines in a field near Puketapu to a major player with markets, medals and hectares to burn has finally turned out a wine under his own label.
Tony Bish is one of NZ's pre-eminent craftsmen when it comes to Chardonnay, so it comes as no surprise that his initial outing champions the variety that has made him hugely respected by wine aficionados everywhere.
His first vintage in 1981 was at Corbans winery in Gisborne followed by a winter ski season at Mt Hutt. In 1982 he landed a vintage job at Vidals in Hawkes Bay where he met Richard Brimer. Tony and Richard enjoyed three vintages together at Vidals before Tony committed to studying for a winemaking degree in Australia, and Richard continued to hone his photography skills.
After a year in Australia working in a larger winery, Tony returned to Hawkes Bay to a vineyard job with the Mason family and in 1986, formed Sacred Hill Wines with Mark and David Mason. After various sojourns into other wine regions such as Central Otago and Martinborough, Tony settled back into Sacred Hill and raised 4 kids with his wife and life partner Karryn.
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