Tony Bish ’Skeetfield’ Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2017


The ‘Skeetfield’ Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay from Tony Bish is his premium bottling, designed to showcase the quality and individuality of the ‘Skeetfield’ vineyard, an old, dry-farmed, Mendoza clone planted site in the Ohiti district, owned by friend Denis Gunn. The vineyard is named after father Brick Gunn, a champion New Zealand skeet shooter. Tony takes the approach that the terroir of the vineyard should be the dominant feature of his wines, rather than obvious oak or sulphide characters per se. For Tony, these factors are important, but it’s a matter of balance! 2017 was a more challenging year than most, but Tony has made a success of it with some beautifully elegant, balanced and subtle Chardonnays, despite to cooler growing season and rain. Tony notes that even in such a vintage, the ‘Skeetfield’ vineyard performed very well. Here, I review the 2017 Tony Bish ‘Skeetfield’ Chardonnay. www.tonybishwines.co.nz


  • Tony Bish ’Skeetfield’ Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2017

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