Sacred Hill Riflemans Chardonnay 2019Hawkes Bay, North Island, New ZealandThis is old vine own rooted Mendoza clone planted on an elevated river terrace in Dartmoor Valley. This was whole bunch pressed into tightly grained French oak (80% new) for ferment, with full MLF and regular bâtonnage over 12 months. Powerful and direct, with popcorn, lemon curd, spiced wood, roasted hazelnuts, and licks of reduction flooding a full, yet sleek (13.5%) palate. Such a baby, this powerful wine has time to unfold. Riflemans is the name of a little known native bird local to NZ.Tasted: 02 January 2021Tasted by: Treve RingPrices: NZ 70.00 New Zealand Producer: Sacred HillDistributors: Pacific Wine & Spirits Inc.