Pinot Blanc is a very popular wine summer wine in Europe; loved for its fresh and fruity lightness, but also for its restraint elegant character. Pinot Blanc has the ability to enhance lots of different food pairings and is also a great choice for a social drink at any time of the day.
Hawkshead 2021 Pinot Blanc is a classy, off-dry, summer-fresh wine. With aromas of ripe stone fruit and faint citrus notes. All the arising promise rolls over the palate with ease. Add to those flavours a smidgen of sweet spice, a touch of mineral character.
The 2021 Hawkshead Pinot Blanc is best enjoyed cool, not ice-cold, around 10 *C. Try it and let us know if you agree.
We always knew one Pinot was missing in our portfolio, Pinot Blanc. So a serious search for the perfect Central Otago Pinot Blanc started, and we found a gem.
Bob Campbell MW, The Real Review
Candice Chow, Raymond Chan Wine Reviews
Rated Top Wine 2021 (Aromatic)
18.5+/20 pts (94 pts) Gold Medal, Perfect to Outstanding
Bright, even, pale yellow. The wine has soft aromas with richness and spice, nuances of bee pollen carried by lemon, lemon zest and pear, honeysuckle and a hint of white pepper. The aromas are slowly growing in volume.
Medium-full bodied, dry-ish to taste, a citrus core of lemon, grapefruit zest melded with pear and honeysuckle, bee pollen enriched the palate, subtle lifting of white pepper linger on the closing. The wine has focus and concentration, integrated harmoniously. The feature of the wine is its texture; delicate, fine-textured phenolics provide a light grip, appear almost unctuous; citrus and pollen persist, endure an enticing, thirst-quenching lemon honey tea aftertaste.
This is a textural Pinot Blanc with a citrus core, pollen and white spice, harmonious and lingering. Match with pan-fried whole sole and macaroni & cheese over the next 6+ years. Fruit from Cromwell Basin, whole bunch pressed, wild-fermented in stainless steel to 13%, 8 g/l RS., rested on lees for 4 months. Vegan friendly. 18.5+/20 pts (94 pts) Nov 2021
New Zealand Wines Michael Cooper’s Buyers Guide 2021 Edition Excellent Quality
The youthful 2021 vintage (4*) is a single-vineyard wine, grown in the Cromwell Basin, tank-fermented and matured on its yeast lees for four months. Bright, light lemon/green, it is attractively scented, fresh and full-bodied, with strong, vibrant pear, peach, apple and spice flavours, a touch of complexity and a smooth (8 grams/litre of residual sugar) finish. Already enjoyable, it should be at its best 2023+
Sam Kim, Wine Orbit
94/100pts, Outstanding quality showing varietal purity and exemplifying regional type
Beautifully composed and stylish, the wine shows ripe apricot, rockmelon, fig and apple characters with nuances of oatmeal and mixed spice. It's wonderfully weighted on the palate offering a richly textured mouthfeel combined with juicy fruit flavours and bright acidity, making it immensely satisfying. At its best: now to 2027.
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Sub-Region: 100% Cromwell basin
Colour: Pale lemon
Pinot Blanc often called the understudy of the Chardonnay grape variety, is full of versatility, character and is very much liked in France and Germany. Central Otago’s climatic and soil conditions bring out the very best in Pinot Blanc, enabling it to retain good acidity and freshness.
The nose detects aromatics of nectarine and citrus with a hint of spice. The palate exudes delightful flavours of ripe soft stone fruit together with citrus notes of tangerine and lime. A lushly textured mid-palate is complimented by brightness and supple elegance.
Hawkshead 2021 Pinot Blanc is of delicate character accompanied by refined neutrality. A classy summer food wine. Having a glass of Pinot Blanc is enjoying the moment, the company, is easy to drink now, great for lunch, or instead of tea in the afternoon. Anytime is Pinot Blanc time.
Wine Maker: Dean Shaw