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Wine > New Zealand > North Island > Hawkes Bay > Te Awa Chardonnay

Te Awa Chardonnay - 2004(W-126)

Te Awa Chardonnay
Full, Lush

Winery Story

Te Awa Farm is a unique place. The full name in Maori - Te Awa o Te Atua - means River of God, a reference to the mysterious subterranean st... (more...)reams over which Te Awa Farm sits, and from which its single estate grown wines draw their sublime character. In 1992 the Lawson family -- longtime grape growers -- established the Hawke's Bay property.

Tasting Note

This is a nice, mellow Chardonnay with delicate aromas of peach, cream, and honeysuckle. Honey flavors continue in the mouth with a leesy ch... (more...)aracter, light butter, and a long, smooth, sweet finish.

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February 26, 2007
This one's got it all. Fullness, richness, complexity, with a good, crisp acidity to hold it all together. It's got the lushness reminiscent of an oaked California Chardonnay, with the restaint of a very good Alsatian. The flavor goes through two or three different phases on the tongue. A lovely wine.


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October 24, 2006
Light, fruity,crisp and refreshing. Yet it also had a lot of depth. Really nice wine for the value. Great as an aperitif or with a light fish dish.


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September 26, 2006
This wine grew on me.


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September 11, 2006
Loved it!!


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August 24, 2006
Light and good.


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July 21, 2006
This wine was just too tart... made it difficult to enjoy anything else about it. The aftertaste reminded me of biting into citrus rinds. Too bad!


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July 11, 2006
Amazing. A favorite. This had a sweet top note but was dry underneath. I want another case! Not too oaky....


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July 11, 2006
not my kind of wine.


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July 04, 2006
It was nice- not oaky. Clean and crisp.


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June 28, 2006
Excellent, very unique. spicy yet buttery.


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June 09, 2006
Very smooth and a bit buttery; very very good.


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May 24, 2006
I love this wine. Very clean, with hints of apricot. Amazing that it's a chardonnay, especially because it does not at all resemble its over-oaked cousins in Cali. Be sure to drink in one sitting, though. It doesn't do so well after sitting overnight.


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May 03, 2006
Not my favorite. As Chardonnays go, this one isn't bad. However, some of the flavors get a little zesty like a sauv blanc (makes sense from NZ). While I like sauv blancs with chardonnay traits, I don't think the inverse works as well. Not a very strong reaction either way. Did not consume with a meal.


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March 30, 2006
a litle thin for a chardoannny; light, but a bit sour at the end;


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March 26, 2006
Phenomenal, light and fruity wine. Very atypical chardonnay - reminiscent of Sancerre and fruity Sauvignon Blanc. March 26, 2006.


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