2010 Sacred Hill "Riflemans" Chardonnay Hawkes Bay
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Wow – the 2010 Riflemans Chardonnay has a profoundly scented, tropical nose of guava and mango over suggestions of butterscotch, cashews, meal and ginger. Richly fruited and satiny textured with tons of fruit packed into an elegant medium body, it has a long and layered finish. The oak is still a little prominent and it should drink best 2013 to 2017+.
Wine & Spirits
Floral butter and clover honey scents mesh with this wine's oak influence, combining in a satin texture with a little wood tannin. There's enough freshness to keep up with the oak and sustain the wine as it develops over the next year.
Creamy and rich, with sweet cream and butter notes announcing the pear, citrus and peach flavors. The ample acidity helps keep the flavors fresh and light-footed. Drink now. 100 cases made. (Web-2013)
Hand-picked New Zealand Chardonnay, whole cluster pressed and 12-month aging in oak.