Vidal ‘Reserve’ 2018 Rosé and Pinot Gris, 2017 Chardonnay, and 2016 Syrah and Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon


Vidal Estate has a history stretching back to Anthony Joseph Soler in 1888, and in modern times to 1976 when it was acquired by George Fistonich of Villa Maria. The wines over the last decade plus have been among the best in the country, and the quality and style of the Chardonnays, Syrahs and Bordeaux-variety reds earned Vidal Estate my recognition as ‘Winery of the Year’ in 2017 (click here to see my article). As with all my winners of this award, the quality of the wines at the levels down from the flagships (if made) are also of high quality, and the Vidal ‘Reserve’ and ‘Estate’ bottlings perform extremely well, a number of the ‘Reserve’ wines in particular earning 5-star or status or gold medals over the years. Here, I review the ‘Reserve’ 2018 Rosé and Pinot Gris, 2017 Chardonnay and 2016 Syrah and Merlot/Cabernet. The 2018 vintage wines are from the first harvest handled at the new ‘super winery’ complex (click here to see my report on visiting it earlier this year) at the Te Awa site. All the wines are from Hawke’s Bay fruit. www.vidal.co.nz


  • Vidal ‘Reserve’ Hawke’s Bay Rosé 2018
  • Vidal ‘Reserve’ Hawke’s Bay Pinot Gris 2018
  • Vidal ‘Reserve’ Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2017
  • Vidal ‘Reserve’ Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2016
  • Vidal ‘Reserve’ Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

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