"Cloudy Bay Chardonnay 2021 is one for connoisseurs and gastronomic adventurers: refined, poised and balanced. Painstakingly made using traditional techniques, it is a true ‘food wine’. Fruit from vineyards in the stony soils of Wairau Valley and the dense clay of the Southern Valleys work together to create a wine that marries ripe stone fruit and citrusy elegance. Open on the nose, with expressive notes of stone fruit, orchard blossoms and subtle crème pâtissière and hazelnut notes. The palate is taut and vibrant, with mouthwatering citrus freshness framing a core of conference pear and white nectarine. There is a touch of well-integrated toasty oak, melding with layers of savoury texture and leading into a long and elegant finish. It is a natural match for just about everything, but especially seafood and other bright or creamy flavours. Try it with Caprese salad, soft cows’ cheeses, cream sauces or anything smoked or chargrilled."