2019 Novum Chardonnay

Marlborough, NZ

A layered and sophisticated Marlborough Chardonnay, with purity, tension and richness in equal measure.




About The Wine

Loved this complex Chardonnay from Novum, which comes off a section of an old (for NZ) vineyard in the Wairau Valley sub-region of Marlborough.

It's layered, slightly creamy style that builds from front to back. Look for hints of oatmeal and spice, co-existing with lemon zest and grapefruit flavours.

There's a savoury bite to the acidity, helping build the impressive palate to a lovely, lingering finale.

Our first look at Novum wines, and they were an automatic 'yes'.

About Novum Wines

Novum is a new wine producer, as the name might indicate to wine-drinking latin scholars. They are husband and wife team Will Hoare and Rachel Jackson Hoare, who have taken their Marlborough winemaking experience and already created an adoring fan-base for their pure, driven expressions of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. We are now part of the fan-base!.

Will started as a cellar hand and finished as General Manager and winemaker at Fromm Vineyards in Marlborough. Rachel also worked at Fromm but not before vintages at Domaine Drouhin in Oregon and Domaine des Comtes Lafon in Meursault, and Cloudy Bay.

With their extensive knowledge of Marlbrough vineyards, Will and Rachel source fruit from around the region and have planted a home block with an eye on the future.

Winemaker Will Hoare
Winemaker Will Hoare
Marlborough, NZ
Additional Info

From The Producer

Fruit for this cuvée comes from an old Chardonnay block (potentially planted in the 1980s) in the central Wairau plains, planted with the Mendoza clone. Whole bunch pressed, prior to 11 months maturation on lees in oak (10% new). Beautifully pure, with white stone fruit, almond meal, toasty tannins, lemon acidity, and a beautiful length.

Blend : Chardonnay (100%)
ABV : 13.00%
Closure : Cork
Drink Until : 2028
Bottle Size : 750ml

Will and Rachel, the Novum duo
Will and Rachel, the Novum duo
Marlborough, NZ
Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

The Real Review

"Elegant. concentrated chardonnay with peach, citrus, grapefruit, hazelnut and baked bread flavours supported by fruity acidity that helps drive a lengthy finish. Purity and power plus good potential." - Bob Campbell (The Real Review)


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