Clearview Estate on Hawke’s Bay Te Awanga coast is further cementing its reputation as one of the country’s leading Chardonnay producers, with yet another strong for its Reserve Chardonnay 2015. Following hot on the heels of winning the Champion Wine of the Show and Champion Chardonnay at the New Zealand International Wine Show at the beginning of the month, the Clearview Reserve Chardonnay 2015 has taken out the Chardonnay Trophy at the Hawke’s Bay A&P Wine Awards announced in Hastings.

“Our first release in 1992 of Reserve Chardonnay using fruit from the same vines planted 29 years ago won a Trophy, so it’s gratifying to know we have maintained the quality and consistency of our flagship wine over a quarter of a century,” said co-owner Tim Turvey.

“Chardonnay grows so well in Te Awanga. The offshore breeze in the morning and the onshore in the afternoon means there’s no humidity, and that means we can hold and hold and hold the fruit until it’s ripe.”

Although the Clearview team is also quick to point out that it’s not just Chardonnays that are proving excellent, there’s a strong expectation that all its rosé and red wines will be strong award contenders also. Caption: Helma van den Berg.