Tony Bish ‘Skeetfield Vineyard’ Chardonnay 2015

24-Jun-2016
Tony Bish is one of New Zealand’s top winemakers with a particular penchant for Chardonnay. He makes the iconic Sacred Hill ‘Riflemans’ Chardonnay which is one of the best of that varietal in this country. It was no surprise that when Tony launched his personal ‘Tony Bish’ label in 2014, he would focus on Chardonnay. His main wine is the ‘Fat n Sassy’ Chardonnay, the 2015 his third release (click here for my review). The name says it all in describing the aspired style, and has proven extremely popular for Chardonnay drinkers. I reality, I think that Tony has retained considerable elegance in this wine, and is made in a modern, rather than traditional, over-blown style, which would have been tempting to do.

Tony has made other styles as well, the ‘Summertime’ Chardonnay is more fruit-focussed and very accessible. Innovation is part of Tony’s mantra, and at the start of this month he released his ‘Golden Egg’ Chardonnay, fermented in an egg-shaped concrete fermenter (click here for my review). This was a wine of very high quality and unique in style, and Tony reported it proved to be a "phenomenal success, selling out in a week. Unbelievable!” Those following Tony’s work know that he has a ‘top tier’ Chardonnay wine in the works. Named the ‘Skeetfield Vineyard’, it comes from old, dry farmed Mendoza clone fruit from his dear friend Denis Gunn’s vineyard in the Ohiti district of Hawke’s Bay. I review the wine, the inaugural release of this label here. The release date is 1 August. www.tonybishwines.co.nz


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