Chardonnay Reviews and Awards:

Michael Cooper’s Buyer’s Guide to New Zealand Wines 2010

“This single-vineyard label is worth discovering. It’s a full-bodied, well-rounded wine with ripe grapefruit and slightly butterscotch flavours, showing excellent depth and complexity. Drink now or cellar.” April 2010

“This is an elegant wine that has real style. Delicate white peach and citrus aromas broaden out in the palate and it is here that the wine really impresses with its clean, refreshing fruit. The acidity and gentle oak are perfectly integrated and we recommend this wine wholeheartedly.”

Sam Kim, Wine Orbit 89 points

“It’s ripe and gently fragrant on the nose displaying white peach, floral and subtle creamy oak characters. The medium-full palate is beautifully textured and lingering with nicely balanced acidity. An excellent expression of Chardonnay with a crisp dry finish.”

Chardonnay Reviews and Awards

Sam Kim, Wine Orbit 93 points

“A stunning nose displaying dark cherry, spice and a hint of savoury notes. The palate is ripe and beautifully textured showing excellent mid palate weight and well integrated fine tannins. An impressive wine showing beautiful balance and poise as well as immense appeal.”

Cuisine November 2009 Pinot Noir Review

“Kate Radburnd admired this wine’s kumquat character and muscularity. “You don’t think it’s a bit of a cross-dresser?” enquired John Belsham, in reference to it’s Merlot-esque qualities. There’s a lot happening on the palate, from sweet boysenberry flavours to sturdy tannins and lively, spice grace notes.”

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Summerhouse Chardonnay


Juicy, ripe fruit, with fresh sweet oak to capture the essence of long, hot summer days.

A delightful 100% barrel fermented New Zealand Chardonnay.

Intense and complex, with golden straw hues and aromas of ripe peaches,  apricot

and citrus. The wine is rich and powerful on the palate with juicy tropical and citrus

fruits, melon and a nutty oak and buttery influence. A fine texture, this wine is

voluptuous with a long, elegant finish.

We carefully hand harvested the fruit, gently preserving the fine fruit flavours.
This wine is from a blend of 60% clone 95 Chardonnay fruit and 40% clone 15
In the winery, the fruit was 100% barrel fermented in a combination of new
and seasoned French Oak using select and wild yeasts. Regular lees stirring
and maturation for 10 months in barrel delivered a beautifully layered wine with
fine texture. After maturation, the wine was racked, gently filtered and bottled.