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 15 *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.
Our 2021 Pinot Blanc has just been released and awaiting feedback from our trusted tasting panel - but in the meantime here are our 2020 Hawkshead Pinot Blanc Reviews.....
Sam Kim, Outstanding quality showing varietal purity and exemplifying regional type
This is a gorgeous expression of the variety; the elegantly fragrant bouquet shows apricot, rockmelon, fig and floral aromas with a hint of spicy complexity.
The palate is wonderfully weighted and richly textured, offering terrific fruit power and persistency, finishing creamy and flowing. At its best: now to 2026.
Michael Cooper, New Zealand Wines
Michael Cooper’s Buyers Guide 2021 Edition
Offering easy-drinking in its infancy, the 2020 vintage (4*) was hand-picked at Gibbston (60 per cent) and in the Cromwell Basin (40 per cent). It was mostly handled in tanks, but part of the blend (17.5 per cent) was fermented in old French oak barriques.
Bright, light lemon/green, with fresh pear and spice aromas, it is mouth-filling, with vibrant, citrusy flavours, showing a distinct touch of complexity, a sliver of sweetness and moderate acidity. Best drinking 2022+.
Candice Chow, Raymond Chan Wine Reviews
18.5/20 pts (94 pts) Gold Medal
Perfect to Outstanding
Bright, pale yellow, even colour throughout. The nose is elegantly presented, aromas of peaches and apricots underlined citrus melded with subtle floral and minerals.
Medium-bodied, dry-ish to taste, aromas of lemon, peach, apricot has crunchy freshness, interweave subtle white blossoms. Sweetness on the wine is well-balanced to the lively acidity and integrated. The fruit has purity, supported by lacy acidity; the palate has a fine-textured mineral flow and creamy lees details, carries the purity of fruit and subtle nutty nuances to an elegantly fresh finish to linearity.
Match with prawn & pork summer rolls and Chawanmushi over the next 4-5 years. Handpicked Pinot Blanc from Gibbston 64% and Cromwell Basin 36%, whole bunch pressed, fermented in stainless steel and older French oak barriques (17.5%) to 13% alc, 8 g/l RS. Rested on its lees for 4 months. Dec 2020
Mark Henderson, Otago Daily Times
Very Good to Excellent
Powerfully fragrant and aromatic nose, rose petals leaping out of the glass, dominating a backdrop of peach and nectarine. Rich palate entry, sweetly fruited with peach, nectarine, honey and musk, cashew nut as well, fat and finishing just off-dry, the acidity coming through on the finish to add zestiness. Sweeter with aeration and distinctively different.
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Sub-Region: 100% Cromwell basin
Colour: Pale lemon
Flavour Profile: 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.
Winemaking Comments: Our single-vineyard Pinot Blanc was hand-harvested on 30th March and the 1st of April. The grapes were whole bunch pressed and fermented with indigenous yeast in stainless steel tanks and 20% in old French barriques.
The wine rested on its lees for four months to build up texture before being racked and filtered for clarification before bottling. Not fined and Vegan Friendly
Wine Analysis: pH 3.30 TA 6.4g/L Alc 13% Res Sugar 8 g/L
Bottling Date: 12th October 2021
Wine Maker: Dean Shaw