Vidal ‘Legacy’ 2016 Chardonnay and 2013 Cabernet Merlot

The Vidal ‘Legacy’ Chardonnay is one of this country’s best representations of that variety. Its heritage and breeding in its current format is not as long as Chardonnay wines from the likes of Kumeu River and Neudorf, but in its shorter history, it has proven itself and the skills of Vidal winemaker Hugh Crichton by being awarded numerous, if not multiple gold medals and trophies both here and overseas for all the vintages over the last half dozen years. It stands tall, even among the stunningly successful Villa Maria group wines, which have dominated the wine judging scene for many, many years. The style of that of showcasing the fruit and minerality along with the complexing sulphide reduction characteristics that is very popular and contemporary, especially in the judging circuit, and among progressive sommeliers and winemakers. 2016 is deemed to be a great Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay vintage, and the Vidal ‘Legacy’ wine is to be highly anticipated. Here, I review the 2016 release. It appears very elegant and still youthful.

Accompanying the ‘Legacy Chardonnay 2016 in this review is a re-look at the 2013 ‘Legacy’ Cabernet/Merlot. I last reviewed this in October 2015, as part of the Gimblett Gravels 2013 Annual Vintage Selection (click here to see my review of the selection). Here, I have been given the chance to taste this wine again, with a little bottle development. The current releases of the Vidal ‘Legacy’ reds are from the 2014 vintage. It is a treat to see this again, the wine from what is regarded the greatest in living memory in Hawke’s Bay. My reassessment follows. The wine remains remarkably fresh and elegant. It is worth noting that Hugh Crichton regards his ‘Reserve’ wines as his premium bottlings. The ‘Legacy’ wines are only made from vintages that are "truly extraordinary”. www.vidal.co.nz


  • Vidal ‘Legacy’ Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2016
  • Vidal ‘Legacy’ Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot 2013

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