- Nina spotted this seriously zesty Chardonnay when she was travelling around Oz and had to nab it all, just for you Angels.
- This wine is fresh and vibrant, packed full of lemon, kaffir lime leaf and melon and just a hint of toasty oak to compliment the citrus.
- Serve with Asian ginger and soy poached chicken salad… or something less fancy but equally delicious like fish and chips.
- If oaky Aussie Chardonnay is like Dolly Parton, this South African oaky white is much more of an Uma Thurman!
- The winemaker is a big fan of the uber expensive Burgundy white 'Montrachet'. You can tell he had it in mind when creating this! It has the elegance, class and structure of its French cousin... but without the ridiculous price tag.
- As Angel Bridget wrote in her review 'Really chunky bottle of golden nectar. Excellent quality wine and almost a meal in a glass'
- Gisborne is the spiritual home for Chardonnay in New Zealand - producing delicious, top quality Chardonnay. But the fascination for Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc has meant that smaller growers in Gisborne have struggled, which is a real shame.
- The 2014 Winemaker of The Year competition gave me the opportunity to pitch this reinvention of Gisborne Chardonnay. Thankfully, in a very close run vote, I secured that opportunity and the funding to make it a reality!
- Unlike the big and heavy Chardonnay of yesteryear, my Gisborne Chardonnay has bags of freshness and vitality, with white peach and brioche flavours. A small amount of new French oak was used, and a portion was matured in concrete egg shaped tanks - giving lovely flint and earth notes. I hope you love it!
Rod Easthope, Winemaker
- If David was on Mastermind, Lodi Chardonnay would be his specialist subject. He tastes fruit from over 8,000 acres of the stuff every single year.
- One of the oldest Chardonnay vineyards in the region was on the verge of being ripped up because it didn't produce as much fruit as surrounding plots. Angel funding helped David to rescued the vines and focus on quality over quantity.
- Ripe, rich, delicious and opulent, this is the most complex and classy Chardonnay you'll find at this price - and you don't have to feel guilty about drinking it on a weeknight!
- Marlborough Chardonnay is becoming increasingly harder to get hold of. Thanks to your Angel funding, I have been able to secure two fantastic parcels from unique vineyards sites on opposite sides of Marlborough's Wairau Valley which I hope to hold on to!
- Hand-picked, whole bunch pressed, wild fermented Marlborough Chardonnay from a cracking vintage simply doesn't get any better dollar for dollar. This wine is punching well above its price point.
- It's a delicious harmony of vibrant citrus, complex ripe figs, luxurious toasted cashew, zingy grapefruit zest and lemon meringue pie... elegant, yet highly persuasive. It's begging to be drunk right now.
Carmen is an exceptional woman, seamlessly blending her know-how with the passion and flair most winemakers can only dream of.
She has crafted an exceptionally classy and crisp Chardonnay full of limes, ripe lemon and flinty minerality with a lick of posh oak, to add a mouthwatering vanilla toasty depth.
And it's not just Carmen's name on the label... she's lovingly named it Catoria, after her two daughters, Caitlin and Victoria.
- "One of the best Marsanne wines in Australia" declared wine critic Andrew Jefford. High praise indeed.
- Just as rich as the best Rhone Marsanne, but cleaner, leaner and more refined from one of Australia's 2013 Best Small Wineries.
- A wine that looks amazing to drink now for the impatient amongst you. But good things come to those who wait - this Marsanne has some serious aging potential 20 years down the line…if you can wait that long!
- Leading the revolution for a new, modern style of wine, Stephen's Californian Chardonnay will have Chablis producers weeping with envy.
- This is as bright and refreshing as Chardonnay comes, with a dollop of Californian sunshine for extra oomph.
- Stephen recommends you grab yourself a fat tuna steak and go wild!
- To create the Cutler Chardonnay I have sourced grapes from cooler climates around the Western Cape of South Africa. The grapes from these areas benefit from long cool summers that helps heighten and define its flavour.
- These cooler climates are hugely sought after by winemakers, and as you would expect the prices for those grapes are higher. Naked funding has allowed me to secure high quality grapes for several vintages, so that Angels can enjoy consistently high quality Chardonnay for years to come.
- The Cutler Chardonnay has a lovely freshness to it, apple, pear and peach flavours and an elegance and finesse that comes from 50% of the wine sitting in oak, and the other half left un-oaked.
- This is to a traditional oaky Aussie chardonnay what Saville Row is to Primark. Buy this instead of the most expensive Montrachet you can find and you won't be disappointed.
- Caroline told us this is her best Chardonnay to date…and we were quick to agree! We only have 300 bottles. You can beg all you want, but when these are gone there'll be no more 'til next year. Seriously.
- A wine that's amazing to drink now for the impatient amongst you. But good things come to those who wait - this Chardonnay has some serious aging potential 10 years down the line…if you can wait that long!