The excellent quality of Hawkes Bay Chardonnay has been recognised as Vidal Winemaker Hugh Crichton receives two prestigious Trophies for his Vidal Legacy Chardonnay 2012 – the ‘International Chardonnay’ Trophy in the over £15 category at the Decanter World Wine Awards 2015 and the ‘Hawkes Bay Chardonnay over £15’ Trophy at the International Wine Challenge.
Hugh Crichton is absolutely passionate about Chardonnay and its potential to produce premium wines in Hawkes Bay. He has achieved particular success with his last four vintages* of Vidal Estate’s top tier Chardonnays. The 2012 vintage is made predominately from Clone 15 and the grapes are sourced from the cooler vineyard site of Keltern and the warmer Gimblett Gravels site of Lyons.
Hugh comments: “Ultimately these awards are an affirmation to the world that Hawkes Bay makes fantastic Chardonnay. The Vidal Legacy Chardonnay, is made in limited quantities from our greatest Chardonnay vineyards. The region’s climate and our vineyards bring elements of freshness to the wine, so it’s not too big and heavy, but has concentration of flavour and depth of complexity. These are all qualities which great wines should have, but not all parts of the world can deliver.”
The Decanter World Wine Awards tasting note for the International Trophy winner said: “Distinctly modern New Zealand Chardonnay, full of gun smoke, grapefruit skin, toast, vanilla and sizzling butter aromas. White nectarine and peach flavours greet you on the palate which is broad, rich and creamy, yet manages to retain a distinct elegance, with lovely length and a pleasingly dry finish.”
The Vidal Legacy Hawkes Bay Chardonnay 2012 is available in selected independent merchants.