Clearview 2014 Reserve and 2013 Endeavour Chardonnays and 2013 Basket Press

29-Dec-2015
Tim Turvey and Helma van den Berg established Clearview Estate in the coastal Te Awanga settlement in Hawke’s Bay when they purchased the property with the Ward family in 1986, grafting and planting vines in 1988 to produce their first vintage in 1989. The business grew to incorporate a restaurant tin 1992 and now there are 11 varieties planted in 19.4 ha in the Te Awanga vineyard supplemented with fruit from leased vineyards in the Gimblett Road for Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. The first winery was where the restaurant is now, with a second dedicated winey built in 2000, which was extended in 2004. Clearview processes approx. 125 tonnes of fruit annually.

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 2014
  • Clearview ‘Endeavour’ Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2013
  • Clearview Hawke’s Bay ‘The Basket Press’ 2013

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