The Boneline Barebone Chardonnay 2020


Chardonnay is something of a Chameleon, planted in the most northern to the most southern of New Zealand wine regions, it changes to fit in with its situation. Here, the Boneline team are trying to peel away layers of winemaking, to see who Chardonnay really is. This iteration comes from the infamous lockdown vintage, which was a year of small yields and hot weather. It’s unmistakably driven and fresh, without overt oak use. The warmth of the season shows through with a dense core of stone fruit and satisfying almondy grip.

The Boneline team are devoted to the North Canterbury site that forms their wines. Vineyards are planted on ancient and varied soil types, sheltered by the Alps and Teviotdale Hills, yet still exposed to the region’s famed, warm nor’wester winds. If you want to geek out, the name Boneline refers to the nearby geological signature left by the same asteroid impact that caused dinosaurs to be extinct. The wines themselves are certainly worth geeking out on too.

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