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
Michael Cooper, New Zealand Wines
Michael 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+.
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