Čuvar ‘Rivermere Vineyard’ Chardonnay 2020

Grape Varietal: 100% Chardonnay
Growing Region: Gimblett Gravels - Hawke’s Bay - NZ
Head Winemaker: Michelle Richardson


Čuvar is the vision of legendary wine entrepreneur, Sir George Fistonich, with an aim to preserve and nurture the essence of New Zealand wine. To honour this vision, the name Čuvar, (pronounced ‘chu-var’) which translates to 'guardian' in Croatian. Čuvar pays homage to the wine pioneers whom have shaped the New Zealand wine story. This ‘Guardian Collection’ looks to express the essence and quality of each vineyard, showcasing the local terroir and the values of why wine is crafted - to be enjoyed with local, seasonal cuisine and shared with family and friends.
2020 was an outstanding vintage in Hawke’s Bay, with above-average temperatures and ideal dry conditions, producing excellent fruit at harvest time. This ‘Rivermere’ vineyard (formerly Lyon’s) is located against the Ngaruroro River on the Gimblett Gravels. With the oldest plantings some 30 years of age. To say that Michelle in fond of this vineyard, would be a great understatement. The fruit was hand-picked and fermented with a natural primary yeast in 50% new and 50% seasoned oak barriques. A portion of this wine has gone through a natural malolactic ferment, before developing for 10 months on yeast lees.

This wine has a well-developed and inviting aroma of lemon drops, peaches and an infused note of almond-biscotti. The palate is medium-to-full in complexity, proudly displaying a restrained intensity of ripe regional stone fruits, lifted by natural fruit acidity. Diligent decisions in the winery have developed a well-balanced structure with layers of character, with a silky texture and an appealing popcorn charm. Time in mixed oak barrels has resulted in a stealth breadth and rewarding length to a classic dry finish.

This 2020 Čuvar ‘Rivermere Vineyard’ Chardonnay has 14% Alc./vol. Made in a classic dry style. Chill gently and serve in a medium to fuller shaped wine glass at 8°- 10°C. *NZ$63.99

A textural style of Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay, with a well-balanced honest charm.

CELLARING POTENTIAL: *(Article Posted 8/1/24)
Drinking perfectly well this season; plus will hold well for another 2 - 3 years.

Perfect wine pairing with roast pork with crackling and apple sauce, bbq’d chicken on a gruyère mash, served with slow cooked whole vegetables, pumpkin & sage gnocchi, along with aged creamy cheeses on crusty bread - enjoy.

Always drink responsibly.


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