Clearview Estate 2015 Chardonnays and Cape Kidnappers Syrah

Established in the late 1980s, Clearview Estate has become one of the most highly regarded producers in Hawke’s Bay. Tim Turvey and Helma van den Berg promote a broad range of wines, but Chardonnay is the flagship variety. The bold, full-fruited and well-worked and oaked style of the ‘Reserve’ Chardonnay is a classic, epitomising everything the wine consumer desires in Chardonnay. Over the past few years, the ‘Reserve’ label has been guided, partly from previous winemaker Barry Riwai’s experience as a wine judge, to a more elegant expression to match the general trends with the variety, and this has been done without any change to the iconic status of the wine. The more traditional ‘full-on’ style as loved by Tim Turvey has been retained and pushed further in the super-premium ‘Endeavour’ Chardonnay. (Click here to see my reviews of the 2014 ‘Reserve’ and 2013 ‘Endeavour’ Chardonnays.)

However, Clearview has worked equally hard on other styles of Chardonnay, and I review the ‘Beachhead’ Chardonnay, with less oak influence, the ‘Coastal’ Chardonnay, formerly under the ‘Te Awanga’ label, a more fruit-driven style, and the new limited release ‘Three Rows’ Chardonnay, a tighter, more minerally style with the use of puncheons. Along with these three Chardonnays, I review the ‘Cape Kidnappers’ Syrah, made solely from Te Awanga fruit. These 2015 wines are the work of Tim Turvey and his new winemaker Matt Kirby, assisted by Rob Bregmen.


  • Clearview ‘Coastal’ Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2015
  • Clearview ‘Three Rows’ Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2015
  • Clearview ‘Beachhead’ Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2015
  • Clearview ‘Cape Kidnappers’ Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2015

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