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Haha 2016 Hawke’s Bay and Marlborough Chardonnays

31 August,2017
The Haha virtual winery has proven to be one of the success stories of the New Zealand industry. Born in 2011, the label was launched with a 2011 Sauvignon Blanc and 2010 Pinot Noir, both from the Marlborough region. Because of the good quality and value of the wines, the brand has nationwide coverage in multiple channels. The wines are also successfully exported. Along with this growth in distribution has come a broadening of the range with different varieties and ‘Reserve’ level wines. The wines now also come from Hawke’s Bay. Ashton Ireland is the driving force behind the sales and marketing, and winemaking veteran John Belsham oversees the wine selection and blending. Haha now employs the services Chris Harrison as the Hawke’s Bay contract winemaker Here I review two wines that demonstrate the further diversification of the range and the desire to fill niches, these being 2016 Chardonnays from Hawke’s Bay and Marlborough. Wine consumers will enjoy comparing the two wines. www.hahawine.co.nz


Haha Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2016

Chardonnay from New Zealand – Hawke’s Bay

Bright, light golden-yellow colour, a little lighter on the edge. The nose is fresh with softly full aromas of white stonefruits entwined with nutty oak and flinty lees elements, along with creamy barrel suggestions. The aromatics are easy and accessible, unfolding citrus and tropical fruits and toasty hints. Medium-bodied, the palate has fresh and lively stonefruit flavours entwined with citrus fruits and tropical fruits, along with nutty oak and creamy lemon-curd nuances. The palate has crisp acidity providing energy and the wine flows along a fine-textured line. leading to a subtle finish of stonefruits and nuts. This is a fresh and lively, stonefruited and citrus flavoured Chardonnay with subtle nutty oak on a brisk palate. Match with seafood and poultry over the next 3+ years. Chardonnay fruit from near the coast, indigenous yeast-fermented, 20% in barrel to 13.0% alc., the wine undergoing 100% MLF. 17.0+/20 Aug 2017 RRP $15.99

Haha Marlborough Chardonnay 2016

Chardonnay from New Zealand – Marlborough

Bright, pale straw-yellow colour with slight green hues. The nose is fresh, firm and tightly bound with penetrating aromas of white stonefruits and citrus fruit melded with complex flinty reduction elements and nutty, smoky oak. Medium-bodied, the palate has a tightly and finely concentrated core of white stonefruits entwined with complexing flinty and mineral notes, and nutty, smoky oak. The palate has a firm line with brisk acidity and the wine flow with positive linearity, and fine phenolic textures carrying the flavours to a dry, nuanced finish. This is an intense, concentrated Chardonnay with stonefruits, flinty complexities and nutty oak on a driven, linear palate with brisk acidity. Serve with grilled seafood and poultry over the next 3-4 years. Chardonnay fruit from the Waihopi and Wairau Valley, partially indigenous yeast fermented, 45% in barrel to 13.0% alc., with 20% of the wine undergoing MLF. 17.5/20 Aug 2017 RRP $15.99
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