2019 Bilancia "Tiratore" Chardonnay Hawke's Bay New Zealand (Previously $60)

SKU #1549025 95 points Bob Campbell

Outer quote mark Second release of a new label, which is significantly better than the inaugural release from 2018. Rich and quite complex chardonnay with grapefruit, citrus and tree fruit supported by gentle acidity. A silken-textured wine that promises to develop well. Inner quote mark (12/2020)

94 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark A very composed and complex chardonnay with fresh peach and grapefruit, as well as almond and hazelnut. Complex and exuberant style. The palate has a very plush, fleshy and cooly composed style with ripe peach and pear and a spicy, nutty finish. Inner quote mark (12/2020)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Bilancia's 2019 Tiratore Chardonnay includes five different clones but is primarily B95 and UCD15. All barrel fermented, it features hints of grilled pear and melon on the nose, but the overall oak impact is minimal. Medium to full-bodied, silky and expansive on the palate, long and finely focused on the finish, it's a terrific example of Hawke's Bay Chardonnay. Drink it over the next 5-7 years. Inner quote mark (6/2021)

93 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Hailing from Chardonnay vines planted in 2001 on Warren Gibson and Lorrain Leheny's increasingly revered La Collina vineyard, this is a rather refined Chardonnay with some clever winemaking detail in terms of lees and integrated oak. It offers just enough satisfying flesh to get your mouth into while remaining precise with virginal purity of fruit. It tends toward the more savory side of the flavor spectrum, with almond-croissant-like characters to the fore, while floral and pineapple notes provide the high notes. Poised and lengthy, this is a sleeper and one of only a handful of New Zealand Chardonnays that I'd consider for longer-term cellaring. Inner quote mark (11/2020)

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