2018 was a stellar year for Chardonnay at Clearview Estate, with the winery’s 2018 Reserve Chardonnay and 2018 Endeavour Chardonnay featuring in the 2020 annual Fine Wines of New Zealand list.
The list names 95 wines considered to be the best in the country, meeting ‘excellence in winemaking, provenance and consistency standards’, and selected by a panel of New Zealand’s top independent wine experts including Simon Nash, Alastair Maling, Michael Brajkovich, Sam Harrop and Emma Jenkins – all Masters of Wine, and Master Sommelier Cameron Douglas.
The Clearview Estate wines are two of only 15 Chardonnays on the list.
“We only ever make Endeavour Chardonnay when the vintage is considered spectacular and in 2018, the grapes were considered worthy of wearing the label and the wine epitomises why Clearview Estate planted and started making Chardonnay 30 years ago,” noted chief winemaker Matt Kirby who is justifiably proud of the achievement.
“The 2018 Endeavour Chardonnay is a special wine. Endeavour is fresh and complex. It has intensity, balance and flavour and a structure that creates a sense of elegance. We are thrilled it made the Fine Wines list on its first attempt,” said Kirby.
Clearview Estate Reserve Chardonnay has been produced every year since 1991 and is the winery’s benchmark of quality.
“The vineyard has the ability to reflect the year while maintaining a clear lineage that is special to our patch of dirt. Clearview co-owner Tim Turvey has been involved with these wines for three decades, so they have history and provenance. It’s always exciting to be included in any selection that recognises this.”