Clearview 2017 Blush, Gewurztraminer, Chardonnay, and 2016 Merlot

15-Jan-2018

Clearview Estate in the coastal area of Te Awanga in Hawke’s Bay was my runner-up ‘Winery of the Year’ in 2017. I’ve always enjoyed the quality and up-front consumer-friendly style of the wines from Tim Turvey and Helma van den Berg. A visit in May last year, catching up with winemaker Matt Kirby working with Rob Bregmen reinforced a renewed vitality and energy at Clearview Estate. The wines have stepped up in quality, and wine styles are more defined than ever. The flagship ‘Endeavour’ Chardonnay and ‘Basket Press’ Red are truly stunning wines that take no prisoners, and the ‘Reserve’ level wines possess great character and distinctiveness. However, it is in the progress of the ‘Estate’ wines that is especially pleasing. Clearview Estate grows 13 different varieties in 24 ha of vineyard the have access to, and it is a statement of versatility and skill in managing to make very smart wine with all of them. Here, I review the new 2017 ‘Black Reef’ Blush, ‘Coastal’ Gewurztraminer and Chardonnay, and 2016 ‘Cape Kidnappers’ Merlot. www.clearviewestate.co.nz


FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW

  • Clearview ‘Black Reef Blush’ Hawke’s Bay 2017
  • Clearview ‘Coastal’ Hawke’s Bay Gewurztraminer 2017
  • Clearview ‘Coastal’ Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2017
  • Clearview ‘Cape Kidnappers’ Hawke’s Bay Merlot 2016

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