Tony Bish 2017 ‘Heartwood’ and ‘Golden Egg’ Chardonnays

08-May-2018

Tony Bish is in his ‘happy place’ at his Urban Winery complex in the Ahuriri district of Napier where he hand-crafts his portfolio of Chardonnay wines, but also sells them there for discerning clientele to enjoy. The demand for his wines has grown considerably and he and his wife Karryn are exporting them to Australia, the U.K. and the United States. Tony reports he is "enjoying being back on the tools” so to speak, and exploring the different facets of his favourite variety, Chardonnay. He has just released the 2017 ‘Heartwood’ and ‘Golden Egg’ Chardonnays, the former espousing the compatibility of Chardonnay with barriques made from the heartwood of Quercus Rober French oak, and the latter exploring the use of concrete egg-shaped fermenters which bring out unique characters especially from the yeasts in suspension. Tony says that 2017 was a favourable season for him and Chardonnay, "the wines developed good depth and volume” and have a softness that suits the vintage. Here are my reviews of the wines. www.tonybishwines.co.nz


FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW

  • Tony Bish ‘Heartwood’ Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2017
  • Tony Bish ‘Golden Egg’ Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2017

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