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Harrier Haven Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2015 – A Re-Look

06 September,2017
Sue Mattsen, an IT professional, has the ‘Harrier Haven’ wine brand for her other life. She owns a block of land on State Highway 50 in the Bridge Pa Triangle with 4 ha of close-planted Viognier, Syrah, Merlot, Malbec and other Bordeaux varieties, and made her inaugural release with a 2015 Chardonnay and 2015 Syrah. I tasted these in February 2016, and Sue felt that I should re-look at the Chardonnay with some bottle age on it. The wine has indeed become more interesting. Here is my re-look review. To contact Sue Mattsen for availability, Tel: 027 461-0802, or Email:


Harrier Haven Bridge Pa Triangle Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2015

Chardonnay from New Zealand – Hawke’s Bay


Bright straw-yellow colour with lemon-gold hues. The nose is elegant and finely concentrated with aromas of citrus fruit and yellow stonefruits, along with subtle notes of nutty, aromatic oak, and a little savoury secondary minerally development unfolding a little smokiness. Medium-full bodied, the palate is elegant in presentation with good intensity of citrus fruit and yellow stonefruits intermixed with savoury nutty oak. The palate has fresh, lacy acidity providing vibrancy and the wine flows along a soft, fine-textured line revealing nutty and smoky oak with hints of toast on a lingering finish. This is an elegantly proportioned Chardonnay with good intensity of citrus and stonefruit, and some nutty, smoky oak on a fine-textured palate. This is beginning to show some development interest. Match with seafood and poultry dishes over the next 2+ years. Fruit from the ‘Ash Ridge’ vineyard, fully barrel-fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 10 months in oak, one-sixth new, the wine undergoing batonnage. 142 dozen made. 17.0+/20 Sep 2017 RRP $21.00

Bright, light straw-yellow colour, a little lighter on the rim. The nose is fresh and aromatic with bright aromas of white and yellow stonefruits, and citrus fruit expressed with steeliness and clarity. Subtle layers of nutty and creamy oak and lemon curd MLF emerge and build in depth with aeration. Medium-bodied, the fruit flavours of white stonefruits and citrus fruit are entwined with nutty elements and are youthfully taut and tightly bound. This has a good core with fine, dry textures and linearity, and balanced enlivening acidity. This has good energy with some alcoholic drive, carrying the wine to bright finish with creamy oak and lemon curd detail. This is a fresh, tight and fine-textured Chardonnay with steely fruit and subtle, nutty, creamy nuances. Match with seafood and most white meat dishes over the next 3+ years. Fruit from the ‘Ash Ridge’ vineyard, fully barrel-fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 10 months in oak, one-sixth new, the wine undergoing batonnage. 142 dozen made. 16.5+/20 Feb 2016 RRP $21.00
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