The stupendous (most perfect) 2021 Collaboration Hawkes Bay Chardonnay has arrived. Generous stone fruit layered with toasty oak, creamy lees inspired texture and richness, buttery, nutty elements, and a freshness on the finish that unerringly draws you back to the glass.

The 10th Consecutive Collaboration Chardonnay, 2021 is an absolute showstopper. We predict it will be the #1 sub $20 Chardonnay of 2022, as will be voted by our customers with their credit cards - nothing will match it at $19.99.

It's hard to believe 11-years and 10 vintages have come and gone since we identified Clearview Estate as the perfect terroir for our Collaboration Chardonnay vision. Tim Turvey’s vineyards have always been renowned for their generously flavoured, consistently ripe fruit, and higher natural acidity derived from the cooler night-time sea breezes off the Te Awanga Coast.

Each December Tracey and I get together with Tim and head winemaker Matt for a tasting session of the best of vintage blends to create the perfect Collaboration true to our style vision. In 2021 yields were smaller, but the quality was stupendous! It was easy blending the perfect Collaboration Hawke's Bay Chardonnay, the hard part was leaving out several outstanding components.

Once the individual components and their relative % of the wine were decided, blending took place with the wine returned to oak barriques until the end of February to further enhance oak and textural complexity. It settles in bottle at the winery for 2-months, before our traditional May 1st Launch.

The Wine…
Ripe golden peach, nectarine, a hint of grapefruit, hazelnut butter and enticing toasty oak aromas tease your olfactory senses. You’ll adore the flavour concentration, pure stone fruit, toasty oak, seductive nutty and buttery lees characters, and the trademark freshness on the finish that quickly drags you back to the glass for more. Its moreish style ensures it always drinks beautifully as a young Chardonnay. But it is a complex wine that exponentially improves through the next 12-months, and evolve for 5-years. You always wish you’d bought more, enjoy through 2026.

2021 Collaboration Chardonnay is outstanding, the perfect expression of the style that defines Fine Wine Delivery’s most popular Chardonnay of the last 10-years. We managed to secure an additional 250 dozen from the 2021 vintage… hopefully we can make it last until 2022 is ready. Although this is a Collaboration that will have even more disciples spreading word of its excellence.

It’s a tribute to Clearview & Fine Wine Delivery, that we have kept the price of Collaboration Chardonnay to $19.99 bottle for 10-consecutive vintages, yet the wine has grown in quality and stature in that time. It’s concentration, complexity and style could justify a $25-$30 price tag, we’re keeping a lid on wine inflation at FWD.

Enjoy, JEFF

2021 Collaboration Series Chardonnay

10 years old Collaboration Chardonnay! And this is the best yet! If you like your Chardonnay bold, rich while fresh on the finish... its NZ’s finest sub $20!

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Brand Clearview Estate
Region Hawkes Bay
Varietal Chardonnay
Size 750ml
Alcohol % 13.0%
Vintage 2021
Country New Zealand

Description

The 10th consecutive Collaboration Chardonnay! There have been many highlights since 2011 Collaboration, but this 2021 is a deadset show stopper, a product of such a fabulous Hawkes Bay vintage! It's hard to believe just over 10 years ago, we identified Tim Turvey and his Clearview Estate as the perfect partner for our Chardonnay. His vineyards renowned for their generously flavoured, consistently ripe fruit and higher natural acid levels from the cooler night-time breezes on the Te Awanga Coast. Each December Tracey and I get together with Tim Turvey and head winemaker Matt for a tasting session looking at the best of vintage blends to create the perfect Collaboration always true to style. In 2021 the selection was small, but the quality was stupendous! It wasn't hard to put together Fine Wine Delivery's perfect Hawke's Bay Chardonnay... displaying generous Hawkes Bay stone fruit, rounded toasty oak, creamy lees inspired texture/richness, buttery/nutty elements and a freshness on the finish that repeatedly draws you back to the glass. Once the blend is decided it is brought together and left in barrel until February... when it is bottled and rested for several weeks before release to Fine Wine Delivery customers. 2021 is outstanding and a tribute to the Collaboration style.

Smells

Ripe golden peach, nectarine, a hint of grapefruit, hazelnut butter and enticing toasty oak aromas excite.

Tastes

You’ll be impressed by the flavour concentration, pure stone fruit, toasty oak, seductive nutty/buttery lees characters, and the trademark freshness on the finish more-ish. It always drinks beautifully as a young Chardonnay... but it is a complex wine that exponentially improves throughout the next 12-months and you always wish you’d bought more... enjoy through 2026.

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