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The Landing Bay of Islands Chardonnay 2017

25 September,2018

Part of investment executive Peter Cooper’s luxury development on Purerua Peninsula in the Bay of Islands, The Landing Vineyard is 9 ha planted to Chardonnay, Syrah, Merlot, Pinot Gris, Sangiovese, Montepulciano and Malbec. The vineyard is tended by Andrew Hull, and already the wines have received critical acclaim. This is no doubt due to the carefully chosen site, the viticultural work and the winemaking of Rod McIvor at Marsden Estate. Arguably, Chardonnay has been the most successful variety, wines winning gold medals (click here to see my reviews of the 2015 and 2016 Chardonnay). Here, I review the 2017 Chardonnay, coming from a challenging season. The Landing 2017 wines I have seen have not disappointed.


The Landing Bay of Islands Chardonnay 2017

Chardonnay from New Zealand – Northland & Auckland


Bright, light golden-yellow colour with some depth, lighter on the rim. The nose is softly fresh with full aromas of yellow stonefruits and notes of apricots harmoniously melded with nutty oak unfolding some spice and suggestions of oxidative complexities. The aromatics build in depth and broaden with aeration. Medium-full bodied, the palate has rich and sweet flavours of yellow stonefruits with apricot nuances entwined with nutty oak and hints of toast, and some complexing oxidative nuances. The flavours are mouthfilling and rounded, but enlivened by fresh, lacy acidity which carries the wine to a full finish. This is a softly full and rich Chardonnay with stonefruit, apricot and nutty flavours with a little oxidative detail on a mouthfilling palate with good acid liveliness. Match with seafood, poultry and pork over the next 3 years. Fruit from ‘The Landing’ vineyard, WBP and fully barrel-fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 12 months on lees in 30% new French oak with 100% MLF. 17.5-/20 Sep 2018 RRP $39.99

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