Clearview 2014 Reserve and 2013 Endeavour Chardonnays and 2013 Basket Press
Although the portfolio is broad in varieties, Clearview is best known for its range of Chardonnays and Bordeaux-varietal reds, these traditionally being bold and fully-flavoured, made in the styles that are personally preferred by Tim Turvey. Recent vintages have seen a trend towards more elegance, but the wines remain true to the house style. The ‘Reserve’ Chardonnay has been the benchmark ‘traditional’ and satisfying model for many consumers, and Tim Turvey has taken this further with his super-premium ‘Endeavour’ Chardonnay and ‘Basket Press’ Red.
Long serving winemaker Barry Riwai recently left with Matt Kirby taking up the reins, he being assisted by Rob Bregmen, and the vineyards are under the care of Grant Houston. Tim Turvey emphasises the closeness of the teamwork in producing the very consistent, high quality and highly sought-after wines. Here, I review the 2014 ‘Reserve’ and 2013 ‘Endeavour’ Chardonnays, and the 2013 ‘Basket Press’ Red. www.clearviewestate.co.nz
FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW
Clearview ‘Reserve’ Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2014Chardonnay from New Zealand - Hawke's BayReview Date : 27-Dec-2015Bright, light golden-hued yellow colour, lighter on the rim. The nose is full and deep with concentrated aromas of ripe yellow stonefruits and savoury citrus fruits, unfolding complex layers of creamy barrel-ferment and nutty oak, entwined with subtle flinty lees elements and mealy notes. The fruit expression has restraint, and builds in depth and flinty detail in the glass. Full-bodied, the palate displays power and concentration with breadth of mouthfilling flavours of savoury yellow stonefruits and citrus fruit melded with mealy and nutty oak, revealing a complexing flint and toasty amalgam. The flavours show restraint, but are framed with plenty alcoholic power and generous body, with some warmth and positive drive. The palate balances the subtle creamy barrel-ferment richness with integrated phenolic grip and balanced acidity, the structure carrying the wine to a strong, full, generous finish. This is a full, powerful, savoury, stonefruited Chardonnay with complex flinty lees and toasty oak layers. Match with roasted and grilled white meat dishes over the next 5+ years. Hand-picked fruit from vines planted and 1986 and newer plantings in the Te Awanga vineyard, WBP, barrel-fermented in mainly new French oak, partially with indigenous yeasts to 13.9% alc., the wine aged 11 months in barrel. 18.5+/20 Dec 2015 RRP $36.00
Clearview ‘Endeavour’ Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2013Chardonnay from New Zealand - Hawke's BayReview Date : 27-Dec-2015Fruit from the oldest Mendoza clone vines in the Te Awanga vineyard, planted in 1989, hand-picked and indigenous yeast barrel-fermented with full solids to 14.5% alc., the wine spending 30 months in new oak with batonnage and MLF. Full, light golden-yellow colour, a little lighter edged. This has a very full, rich, open and bold nose of well-concentrated and densely packed aromas of ripe yellow stonefruits with powerful, exotic, nutty and toasty new oak. The fruit unfolds complex mealy, savoury detail along with flinty and smoky elements with aeration, the oak a focus of the bouquet. Full-bodied, the palate has mouthfilling and bold flavours of rich, ripe stonefruit and citrus fruits, forming a concentrated heart. The fruit is complemented by considerable toasty, smoky and spicy oak flavours. The palate has a degree of tightness and restraint, with the richness in balance. There is underlying alcoholic power and drive, carrying the creamy, nutty flavours and complex array of detailed nuances along with good acid liveliness and energy, to a very long, strong finish. This is a very powerful Chardonnay with considerable new oak presence and underlying complexities, the wine balanced in richness and structure, with excellent energy and drive. Match with rich seafood and creamy sauced white meat dishes over the next 5-6 years. 19.0/20 Dec 2015 RRP $165.00
Clearview Hawke’s Bay ‘The Basket Press’ 2013Blended Red from New Zealand - Hawke's BayReview Date : 27-Dec-2015A blend of 31.5% Cabernet Sauvignon from Gimblett Road, with 31.5% each of Merlot and Cabernet Franc with 5.5% Malbec from the Te Awanga vineyards, hand-picked and fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine aged nearly 3 years in new French oak barriques. Very dark, deep, near black-hued ruby-red colour, a little lighter on the rim. The nose is full, powerful and bold in expression with deep aromas of ripe blackberry and blackcurrant fruit, along with black plums and redcurrants, harmoniously entwined with notes of cassis, dark herbs, earth and mineral notes. The oaking is balanced and adds spice elements. Medium-full bodied, rich, luscious and fulsome flavours of ripe blackberries, blackcurrants, cassis and plums feature on the palate. Complexing earth, herb and mineral layers unfold from the core. The mouthfeel is fulsome, but vibrant and lively with freshness balancing the fine-grained extraction, grip and structure. The body, richness, sweetness and textures are all in balance and proportion, and the wine carries to a long, elegant finish of black fruits, spices and oak. This is a rich, lush and powerful Bordeaux-varietal blend with ripe black fruits along with herbs and earthy notes, and a vibrant, structured mouthfeel. Serve with roasted red meats and hard cheeses over the next 8-10+ years. This is the seventh release of ‘The Basket Press’ and less than 1,000 bottles were made. 19.0+/20 Dec 2015 RRP $165.00