Mission Estate Reserve Chardonnay 2013 Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand

Mission Reserve

From the Winery:
Mission Estate was established by these Missionaries in Hawke’s Bay in 1851, where vines were planted to produce both sacramental and table wine and New Zealand’s first winery was born. The first record of a commercial sale dates back to 1870 when a parcel of mostly dry reds was sold.

Mission has never lost sight of its French heritage, as over the years Brothers of the Order have traveled to France to study and learn viticulture and winemaking skills. Our current winemaker Paul Mooney has been at Mission for over 30 years, and was originally trained by the Fathers. With over 160 years of winemaking tradition, we embrace both old world artistry passed down from the early winemaking pioneers, with leading edge technology. The result is an award-winning range of distinctly New Zealand wines.

Precision Viticulture allows us to optimize vineyard performance and our ongoing dedication to sustainable practices means Mission is one of the most energy efficient wineries in New Zealand..

My Tasting Notes:
I tasted the Mission Reserve Chardonnay at a New Zealand Bubbly and Chardonnay promotion. The wines for this event were chosen by an astute panel of industry experts in New Zealand to help showcase the best of the best wines for each category. There are two main islands that comprise New Zealand. The Mission Reserve Chardonnay was tasted with five other north island producers and five producers from the south island. There are quite contrasting styles from each region making this a potpourri and flavourfest for lovers of Chardonnay. The acidity levels for most of the wines from New Zealand run quite high.

This is a medium bodied, balanced wine that opens with lemon and lime aromas wrapped around a mineral, limestone core. I enjoyed the minerality, freshness and dry finish. This Chardonnay is elegant enough to drink on its own but you could pair this with oysters on the half-shell, creamy seafood pasta and SE Asian cuisine.

Varietal composition: 100% Chardonnay
Region: Hawke’s Bay
Vineyard Blocks: Ohiti Road, Maraekakaho
Alcohol: 13.0%
Sugar: 1.0 g/l
Acidity: 6.5 g/l
pH: 3.27

My Impression: 88-90 Points Drink now to 2021

Tasted May 14th, 2015

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Mission Estate Chardonay 2013 Bottle Shot