Bilancia Kaikora Chardonnay 2021

A single vineyard Chardonnay from Kaikora Vineyard in Ōtāne. Kaikora is the original name for the town of Ōtāne in Central Hawke’s Bay. The name was changed to avoid confusion with Kaikōura in the South Island.

Kaikora Vineyard Chardonnay is a part of our project to highlight some of the most unique, small, single vineyards in Hawke’s Bay.

Central Hawke’s Bay is known for the ancient Pakohe (argillite) forming the basis of the soil type. Kaikora Vineyard is planted on pakohe soils with clone UCD15 Chardonnay on its own roots.  

2021 was yet another in a run of great Hawke’s Bay vintages. The fruit was 100% hand-picked, then whole bunch pressed to French oak barriques for fermentation. The wine was fermented with indigenous yeast and then spent 11 months in oak prior to bottling; there was no fining or cold stabilisation.

Central Hawke’s Bay’s moderately cooler climate delivers fruit with a unique profile. Full, ripe fruit with some flint and hints of pink grapefruit on the palate. With time the wine will open up further. The 2021 Kaikora Vineyard Chardonnay is a great food wine.

This wine is ready to drink on release and will continue to develop positively for 6 – 8 years.

(The front label is a stylised representation of the aerial view of the vineyard with the Kaikora Stream running along the boundary).


$50.00 (NZD)

(per bottle in NZD)


Not yet reviewed (watch this space)


Tasting Notes (PDF)

2021 Kaikora Chardonnay Front label

2021 Kaikora Chardonnay Back label

Bottle shot (high res)

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2021 Kaikora Chardonnay