a bottle of wither hills chardonnay (year unspecified)

New Zealand’s love affair with Chardonnay has continued at the New World Wine Awards, with the category pleasing the judges more than any other. Five Gold medal Chardonnays made it into the New World Wine Awards’ Top 50 section, which are available from New World now.

The art of making Chardonnay has progressed in recent years, with the versatile white wine consistently topping shopping lists. The types of Chardonnay available in New Zealand are more diverse and elegant than ever before. “We have well-managed wines that reflect the true quality of the Chardonnay fruit, with a judicious use of oak, and a fine elegance brought about by considered winemaking,” said Jim Harré, the Chair of Judges. “They are simply a delight to drink, and a must-try even for those who may not typically choose Chardonnay.”

The Wither Hills Marlborough Chardonnay 2017 was chosen as the Champion White Wine, for its great value and for providing evidence that Chardonnay matches nearly anything.

Other Gold medal Chardonnays were: Riverby Estate Marlborough Chardonnay 2014, and Sacred Hill Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2017, and the Mission Estate Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2017.