Bilancia Chardonnay 2017
100% Hawke's Bay fruit sourced entirely from our la collina Vineyard where it is grown on the lower terraces, the gentle slope and the flat, old riverbed.
The site is planted to a number of different clones of Chardonnay, predominantly Clone 95 and Clone 15 with smaller numbers of Clones 548, 809, Mendoza and 1066.
The fruit is all hand picked, keeping each clone as separate as possible for handling in the winery. Each lot was whole-bunch pressed and the juice was run straight to puncheons and barrels, with no cold settling, for fermentation in French oak. Indigenous yeast carried the fermentation to dryness. The wine spent 16 months in oak prior to bottling; there was no fining or cold stabilisation.
The aim is to produce a wine that reflects the variety and the vineyard rather than the winemaking. The result a nicely wound, tight but not too tight, wine with emphasis on a fresh, food friendly style and evenly balanced palate. Ripe stonefruit on the nose and palate with great texture and character.
This wine is ready to drink on release and will continue to develop positively for 4 – 6 years.
Joe Czerwinski Robert Parker Wine Advocate (17 April 2020)
The aromas of grilled white peaches and toasted brioche are enough to set off even jaded salivary glands, but Bilancia's 2017 Chardonnay boasts other charms as well. It's refreshingly medium-bodied, with hints of melon and lime, then finishes bone dry and ultra clean, with just a bit of lingering oak. It should drink well for 4-5 years
Nick Stock JamesSuckling.com (17 August 2019)
There’s a very intense and juicy feel to this Chardonnay that offers such fresh and refined pear and pastry on the nose, leading to similar flavors on the palate with gentle almond milk and mellow, elegant feel to the finish. Laid-back goodness here.
Joe Czerwinski, Robert Parker Wine Advocate 17 April 2020
"The aromas of grilled white peaches and toasted brioche are enough to set off even jaded salivary glands, but Bilancia's 2017 Chardonnay boasts other charms as well."