Alchemy Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2015

Neal and Suzanna Cave established Alchemy Wines after returning from London to Wellington, then moving to Hawke’s Bay for a lifestyle change. They "stumbled across” their dream property of an old villa on a vineyard in the Dartmoor Valley about 10 years ago. The Caves have since acquired another vineyard, just 10 minutes away from their home, in the Omarunui district. Both vineyards have been replanted and redeveloped now, and the Caves have approx. 20 ha in production, mainly in Chardonnay, including 3 ha of Bordeaux red varieties. The Chardonnay is in clones 15, 95, 548, 1066 and 809, and the fruit has been contracted to some high profile producers in Hawke’s Bay and beyond. Neal studied viticulture and winemaking at EIT in Taradale, and the Caves introduced their own label, a Chardonnay named ‘Alchemy’, with the 2010 vintage, working with Elise Montgomery. Ant Mackenzie has been the consulting winemaker since 2013. The Chardonnay wines have developed a strong following, especially in Auckland and Hawke’s Bay. The Alchemy brand will commercialise red wines in the near future. Here, I review the new 2015 Alchemy Chardonnay.


  • Alchemy Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2015

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