Vidal Reserve Chardonnay 2018, Vidal
New Zealand / Hawkes Bay
Andy's Tasting Notes
This exudes elegance and purity yet with excellent depth and intensity. Crisp citrus and peach fruit overlaid with subtle creamy oak and nutty overtones.
“Our Reserve wines are elegant and characterful with true regional identity. These wines are the perfect accompaniment to food and offer excellent fruit flavours due to the good quality vineyards and grapes from which they are sourced.” Vidal
“Fully barrel fermented and aged (with 15% new French oak), the 2018 Reserve Chardonnay is a huge step up from the entry-level bottling. Scents of gently toasted hazelnuts complement grilled white peaches and pineapple on the nose, while the medium-bodied palate is silky in feel from start to a long, citrussy finish.” 90 points. Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate, 17 April 2020
93 points – James Suckling (October 2019)
The winery is a member of Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand (SWNZ) and BioGro certified, meaning it is accredited to process grapes grown using organic principles.
Price per bottle £12.85
“At Vidal we believe that great wine starts in the vineyard. We’re passionate about achieving a natural balance because we know that healthy vines working in harmony with living earth make the most delicious wine.” Ollie Powrie, Chief Viticulturist
The Vidal winery is situated on the original site in Hastings, Hawkes Bay, which was purchased by its founder Anthony Joseph Vidal back in 1905. Back then the site was a rural location, today though it is now in the heart of residential suburbia. Limitations on space and restricted operating times have meant a move to a new state-of-the art winemaking facility in the Gimblett Gravels.
Viticulture and winemaking are overseen by Ollie Powrie and Andrew Lebioda, both of whom have a wealth of experience working with the vineyards and grapes of New Zealand’s key regions.
Vidal is dedicated to environmentally friendly winemaking and sustainable winegrowing practices. This mindset allows Vidal to contribute to New Zealand’s “clean, green” image and increase quality assurance from vineyard through to the finished wine. Vidal was a founding member of the Living Wine group, a small group of wineries who gained ISO 14001 certification in 1998, having achieved a globally recognised standard in environmental management systems. The winery is a member of Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand (SWNZ) and BioGro certified, meaning it is accredited to process grapes grown using organic principles.
Food matchFish finger sandwich (but no ketchup!)