Tony Bish ‘Golden Egg’ Chardonnay 2022
Grape Varietal: 100% Mendoza Chardonnay
Growing Region: Hawke's Bay - NZ
Owner / Winemaker: Tony Bish
I have known Tony for over 30 years, enjoying his early wines and appreciating his passion to create expressive, terroir driven Hawke's Bay Chardonnay. Even during that loud 1990’s decade of NZ Chardonnay, Tony had an understanding, determination and confidence to go in a more diligent route. With an attention to detail and refined skill, has led Tony to be arguably one of the world's leading exponents of Chardonnay. With Tony focusing his winery on this single varietal, has resulted in a real treat for all wine lovers and those with a little more understanding an egg-ceptional expression of purity, uniquely textural and incredibly balanced range of five artisan Chardonnay’s.
This uniquely innovative story is closely connected with concrete eggs. Tony got up close with these unique fermentation vessels on a trip to South America. Tony quickly appreciated the key important detail of what is referred to as the ‘Golden Ratio’ an incredible suspension of lees around the lower hemisphere of the egg during fermentation really caught his interest. So he set off to investigate alternative fermentation vessels, and from this the ‘Golden Egg’ Chardonnay was born.
Tony’s Chardonnay has a cap-tilt, respectful leaning towards moderate climate expressions, being able to value and appreciate subtle details in fruit originating in the vineyard, the growing season, balance of fruit flavours and then understanding the synergy the wine will develop over its close connection with a wide hemisphere of yeast formed inside the egg. The fermentation of this wine took place inside Tony’s handmade concrete egg. Which were first made in 2015 to Tony’s careful design, with a close collaboration with NZ Tanks, who are located in Hastings.
★ A bright, pale gold illuminates the glass. On the reserved aroma, you will be judiciously greeted by citrus, white peaches and a note of almond pastry. The stylish though well-structured palate is like an indulgent layered mille-feuille pastry showcasing a citrus nuance interwoven between artful layers of pineapple and grapefruit adding to its purity of character. This impressive Chardonnay has what I describe as Tony's signature, crafted respectfully like that of a Premier Cru Chablis, this Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay has a graceful engagement on the palate. While expressing regional ripe stone fruits, with a delicate creamy texture from the diligent contact from the curved-layer of yeast lees around the lower hemisphere of the concrete egg, and lifted by a poised mineral seam, complemented by blanched almonds and gracious finale.
This 2022 Tony Bish ‘Golden Egg’ Chardonnay 2022 has 13.5% Alc./vol. - crafted in a classic dry style. Chill gently and serve in a medium shaped wine glass at 8°- 10°C. - *NZ$45.00
CELLARING POTENTIAL: *(Review 24/8/23)
Drinking well this season; though will repay & age nicely for another 5 - 6 years.
FOOD PAIRING SUGGESTIONS:
Perfect wine pairing with naturally served oysters, scallops, calamari, tempura white fish w/ chunky chips, stuffed crab, grilled chicken salad, plus green vegetables with a mild cream sauce and aged camembert cheese w/ crusty bread - enjoy.