2014 Vidal "El Legado" (Legacy Series) Chardonnay Hawke's Bay (Previously $50)

SKU #1289574 96 points Bob Campbell

 Vidal’s flagship Chardonnay offers purity, power, sophistication and cellaring potential. It’s a precise and potentially complex wine that can be appreciated now. Apple and lemon citrus flavours, with a chalky mineral character together with a seasoning of roasted nut and bran biscuit characters. Supremely elegant Chardonnay.

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2014 El Legado Chardonnay offers a good core of ripe peach, pink grapefruit and pineapple notes on the nose with underlying sulfide/struck match, cedar and yeast extract hints. Medium-bodied and silky with a great intensity of peaches and cream flavors, it finishes long and toasty/savory. (LPB)  (12/2016)

Jancis Robinson

 Apple, greengage and lemon. Loads of fruit purity. Flinty character and very concentrated core fruit shows promise for development in bottle. Ambitious. 17+/20 Points (RH)  (10/2015)

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Staff Image By: Thomas Smith | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/13/2017 | Send Email
I'm rarely bullish regarding Chardonnay from New Zealand, but this one is different. This wine draws a clean line from Burgundy to Hawk's Bay, and is a standout for anyone who loves new world fruit in an old-world package. Tons of lemon and honey on the nose, excellent, forward acidity. Beautiful oak integration and that flintiness that you almost only get from old world Chardonnay. If you like Domaine Eden from the Santa Cruz Mountains--you need to try this. If you like Hamilton Russel from South Africa--you really need to try this. Big bold, lemon drop new world flavors tied up with gorgeous minerality. I dare you to send this into a blind white burgundy tasting as a ringer.

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Chardonnay

- 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.
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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.