Neck of the Woods:
Dartmoor, Hawkes Bay.
We believe Hawkes Bay produces some of the best Chardonnay in the world. So we searched long and hard until we found a small, boutique grower in Dartmoor that raises the bar in creating unique chardonnay fruit.
Located on the East Coast of New Zealand’s North Island, the sunny climate creates the perfect conditions for vineyards to thrive. The long, warm summers stretch out the growing season, allowing a complexity of flavour to develop.
The vineyard is situated on a stony riverbed. A mixture of silts from the surrounding limestone hills combined with river gravel to produce the ideal conditions for growing Chardonnay vines.
Dartmoor, Hawkes Bay.
- Climate: Maritime
- Clones: Mendoza
- Oak Percentages: 25% New
- Coopers Used: Francois Freres, D & J
- Time in barrel: 11 months
- Fermentation: <span100% Barrel
- Total bottles produced: 1200
Raymond Chan's 5 star review
Bright, light golden-yellow colour with some depth, paler edged. The nose is softly concentrated with a rounded core of yellow stonefruits and subtle notes of savoury citrus fruit melded with a little creamy barrel-ferment, and nutty oak, unfolding complexing mealy detail. Medium-bodied, the palate has vibrant and luscious fruit flavours of tropical, citrus and yellow stone fruits, enlivened by bright and refreshing, lacy acidity. The fruit is detailed by spicy, nutty oak with hints of creamy barrel-ferment and buttery MLF. The mouthfeel features a light phenolic line which carries the flavours to a finely concentrated, lingering finish with a little textural grip and spice. This is a vibrant and lively Chardonnay with bright and lush citrus, tropical and stonefruit flavours, subtle barrel elements, and spicy, nutty oak on a fine-textured palate.
Boss of Botany Sir Joseph Banks. Celebrity Naturalist, Charismatic, Explorer, Player
We’re inspired by pioneers. By those who aren’t afraid to take risks and do things differently. Who stay true to what they believe. And we dedicate every one of our vintages to a groundbreaking, rule-defying character that followed their passion and forged their own path.
We don’t talk about Banks much anymore. But back in the day, he was a rockstar in his field. The poster boy of plants. The boss of botany.
When Banks and Captain Cook set sail to explore the great southern lands, Banks was the real star of the show. His passion for botany and pioneering discoveries had already earned him celebrity status across Europe.
As it turns out, Banks had a taste for the exotic and was very, very thorough in his exploration down under. His natural charm and curiosity made him popular with the locals. And soon enough his studies of plants gave way to intimate studies of the people. (Well, the ones in grass skirts.) But he still found the time to discover more than 300 species of flora and fauna, and after seeing locals ride the ocean waves with wooden boards, he introduced the concept of surfing to Europe.
Our Chardonnay is a tribute to this rockstar naturalist. His passion for discovery drives us to push boundaries, experiment and never settle.