Ashleigh Barrowman Queen of Swords Chardonnay 2022


This is seriously impressive, and one of the best Kiwi Chardonnays we’ve tried. It’s got precision, texture, and a nutty complexity of flavour reminiscent of great Jura Chardonnay. It remains linear, with a citrusy core that’s finely coated and silky. Like a stained glass window it's both transparent and colourful. Fruit is sourced from the biodynamic Wrekin Vineyard in Marlborough, at the top of the Brancott Valley. 

Ashleigh Barrowman, mentored by industry legends like Patrick Sullivan, Hans Herzog and Domaine Labet, returned to Marlborough in 2020 to make wines of her own. Enamoured with the Wrekin Vineyard, she crafts distinct single-vineyard, single-varietal wines that epitomise their origins. Balancing vineyard and cellar work, Ashleigh's approach involves sourcing fruit from certified organic vineyards, handpicked grapes, wild fermentation, and minimal sulphites at bottling. The result is unfined, unfiltered wines that authentically express time and place.

Organic, biodynamic, vegan, unfined, unfiltered, minimal added sulphites