2014 Pyramid Valley "Growers Collection" Chardonnay Marlborough

SKU #1263957 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The growers Collection Chardonnay has an oxidative, yeasty nose over notes of apples, fresh peaches and spiced pears plus a hint of cider. Medium bodied, it fills the mouth with complex, savoury flavors with beautiful expression, freshness and length. (LPB)  (3/2016)

90 points Vinous

 (14% alcohol): Medium straw color with a faint blush. Subtle aromas of pear, grapefruit pith, acacia flower, clove and lees. At once tactile and brisk, showing good energy and spicy lift to its fairly dense stone fruit, apple and pear flavors. Very dry, slightly phenolic Chardonnay with no shortage of texture or concentration. Subtle notes of toasty oak and lees add interest. This initially reticent Chardonnay grew sweeter with air without losing its shape. (ST)  (5/2016)

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- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.

New Zealand

- New Zealand is an extremely diverse wine-growing nation. The long history of producing wine started in the 1830s with wineries such as Mission Estate (1850) and Te Mata Estate (1896) still producing wine today. The two islands hold a multitude of different growing climates ranging from warmer areas such as Hawke’s Bay to very cool regions such as Waitaki, and Awatere. Most regions are defined as Maritime with the exception being Central Otago that has a moderate Continental climate with the high elevation creating dramatic diurnal swings in temperature. The plethora of grapes grown in New Zealand reflects this diverse microclimate make up. Everything has a place here, Bordeaux varietals and Syrah in Hawke’s Bay, Chardonnay and Pinot in Nelson, Pinot Noir and Riesling in Central Otago , aromatic whites in Waipara and pretty much everything you can imagine in Marlborough. New Zealand is also one of the “greenest” wine producing nations on earth (94% of wine certified sustainable in 2013) with a strong focus on organic and Biodynamic farming.