Pyramid Valley, Lion's Tooth Chardonnay, North Canterbury, New Zealand 2019
(at London, 11 Feb 2022)
Drinking Window: 2022 - 2030
Named for the dandelions that dot the early-ripening, low-vigour, limestone-rich block, this is a knockout from winemaker Huw Kinch in his first full vintage in charge at Pyramid Valley. Overt aromas of sherbet grapefruit, lemon verbena, nutty lees tones and fennel flow through the sinewy, elegant palate that's beautifully textured and brisk. Sister Chardonnay Field of Fire (a richer, peachier wine) is equally excellent, as are the two single-block Pinot Noirs Angel Fire and Earth Smoke.
(at Decanter Tasting Suite, London, 01 Dec 2022)
Drinking Window: 2023 - 2035
Lean, focused and energetic, this Kiwi Chardonnay has notes of gun flint, yellow melon, guava and minerals. The oak is wonderfully integrated, as are the lees, giving the impression of a great wine with a very long and classic finish. Nominated by Tina Gellie.
Lion's Tooth Chardonnay