We are aware that this tasting note starts with a lyrical ‘over the top’ bias statement; Central Otago’s beauty is captured in this HAWKSHEAD 2022 Pinot Blanc.
This wine is highly aromatic and OFF DRY in style. The nose detects a promise of fresh, crisp apple and pear aromas and those flow smoothly onto the palate. The discovery of an additional enticing hint of sweet spice and a zesty note of lemon elevates the wine to a more seriously detailed depth. Fine texture and balanced acidity combined with perfect fruit sweetness lead to a mouth-filling finish. This Pinot Blanc will get your attention without demanding it.
The 2022 HAWKSHEAD Pinot Blanc is best enjoyed cool, not ice cold, around 15 *C.
Try it and let us know if you agree with our rather waxing lyrical about the wine.
Bob Campbell, Master or Wine, The Real Review
Candice Chow, Raymond Chan Wine Reviews
18.5/20pts, (94pts) Gold Medal, Perfect to Outstanding
Bright, even, pale yellow. The nose is pure with a good depth of stonefruit, apple and citrus zest aromas entwined with floral, cream and spice. Medium-bodied, peach, apple, and lemon zest aromas have an elegant core adorned by floral, white pepper and nutmeg. The refined mouthfeel is fine-textured and creamy, carrying spice throughout with refreshing acidity. This Pinot Blanc is refined and textural shows purity and a fine acid line. Match with pork dumplings and steamed fish over the next 3-5 years. Fruit from Cromwell basin, whole bunch pressed, fermented with indigenous yeast, rested on lees for 4 months in 70% stainless steel, 30% older French barriques, 13.5% alc, 5 g/l RS. Vegan friendly.
Michael Cooper, New Zealand WinesMichael Cooper’s Buyers Guide 4.5 Stars, Outstanding quality (gold medal standard)
The youthful 2022 vintage (4.5*) is a single-vineyard wine, grown in the Cromwell Basin. It was mostly (70 per cent) fermented and matured on its yeast lees for four months in stainless steel tanks; 30 per cent of the blend was handled in seasoned French oak barriques. Light lemon/green, it is full-bodied, with fresh, ripe peach, pear and lychee flavours, showing good intensity, a distinct touch of complexity, balanced acidity and a dryish (5 grams/litre of residual sugar) finish. Best drinking 2024+.
Sam Kim, Wine Orbit
94p/ 100 Outstanding quality showing varietal purity and exemplifying regional type.
Elegant and poised, the wine shows apricot, rockmelon, fig and oatmeal aromas on the nose, followed by a wonderfully weighted palate displaying richly textured mouthfeel backed by beautifully pitched acidity, finishing persistent and creamy. At its best: now to 2028. www.hawksheadwine.com. Feb 2023.
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2023 Hakshead Pinot Blanc