2022 Rockburn Chardonnay
Rockburn Chardonnay leans towards the crisper and lighter end of the spectrum, demanding minimal use of oak.
The nose is pure and subtle with elements of wet stone, lemon zest and ripe peach. The palate is full, textural with fine tension, showing lemon meringue, butterscotch and delicate minerality and a zesty finish.
A perfect complement to roast chicken, risotto, and seafood.
Upon release the wine will be bright, delicate and elegant. Easily enjoyed upon bottling (Feb '23) it will continue to develop and mature well over the next five to seven years.
Reviews & Accolades
SAM KIM - WINE ORBIT (94 Points / 5 Stars) - Exquisitely fine and elegant, the wine shows grapefruit, apricot, subtle vanilla and cashew notes with a hint of flinty nuance. The palate displays excellent weight and focus, brilliantly framed by refined texture and vibrant acidity, finishing impressively long and linear. At its best: 2024 to 2032.
DAVID WALKER BELL (93 Points) - The first Chardonnay from Rockburn in nine long years - this wine from Parkburn and Gibbston. A pale lemon-green in the glass, with an elusive, ethereal perfume of lemon curd, grapefruit, lime zest, apple, cucumber, crushed green herbs and honeysuckle. Light bodied and tightly wound in the palate, lacking muscle, but finding plenty of space and nuance though which some characterful layers do emerge. A flutter of caramel, crushed shell, nougat, preserved lemon and blanched almond, alongside a soft, creamy texture, offer much to the taster prepared to listen to the whisper rather than a shout that is the quiet voice of this elegant wine. The finish is wispy, clean and very pure - lasting and persistent.
CAMERON DOUGLAS MS (93 Points / Excellent) - There’s no mistaking the pure, ripe and cool freshness pf the bouquet with a fine core of white peach, citrus and stone-mineral, fine layers of vanilla and delicately sweet barrel spice. Youthful and new. On the palate there’s a satin-cream touch before contrasting acidity, stone and barrel textures chime in. Fruit flavours mirror the bouquet, oak flavours do the same with some very fine tannin textures for extra mouthfeel. Well made, youthful and still developing with best drinking from late 2023 or early 2024 through 2029.