"Tony Bish is one of this country's most highly regarded
winemakers, with Chardonnay as the variety he is best-known
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TONY BISH Fat 'n' Sassy Chardonnay 2017
$23 per bottle - $138 per six-pack
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5 Stars & 18.5/20, Raymond Chan Wine Reviews
In New Zealand, Tony Bish is a legend, and with good reason. He was
a founding partner in Hawke's Bay estate Sacred Hill and was the man
behind Sacred Hill Rifleman's Chardonnay, widely regarded as New
Zealand's equivalent of Giaconda.
When Bish decided to create his own label, it was little surprise that he
chose to focus exclusively on Chardonnay, drawing on fruit from Hawke's
Bay. The set of wines under the Tony Bish label are new world
benchmarks for the Chardonnay grape.
Although Fat & Sassy is the lowest priced wine in the Tony Bish
line-up, it is no ordinary 'entry level' wine. It is a fully worked,
judiciously oaked Chardonnay that simply says 'drink me'! Fat &
Sassy has won a legion of fans among Armadale Cellars customers over the
past couple of years. If there is a better value Chardonnay made on
the planet. we'd like to know what it is!
We reckon the 2017 vintage of Tony Bish Fat & Sassy might well be the
best ever release to date under this label. It displays the typical
generosity of flavour we associate with Tony Bish, the cool growing
conditions of 2017 lending additional complexity to an already impressive
wine. Bravo, Tony Bish!
(RRP - $30 per bottle Offer price - $23 per bottle in a
"Bright, light golden-yellow colour with some depth, paler
on the rim. The nose is softly full with aromatic citrus and tropical
fruit aromas harmoniously melded with notes of nutty oak and subtle
creamy barrel-ferment elements, and a hint of buttery MLF. The nose is
beautifully integrated and elegant in presentation with fragrant detail.
Medium-bodied, the palate has up-front but stylishly proportioned
flavours of ripe tropical fruits and yellow stonefruits integrated with a
refined layering of creamy oak and nutty lees, and nuanced of butter. The
fruit forms a concentrated core with a degree of roundness and
unctuousness, balanced by lacy acidity. The wine flows along a very
smooth line, leading to a lightly nuanced, moderately long finish. This
is an elegantly concentrated, up-front Chardonnay with ripe tropical
fruit integrated oak and lees notes on a smooth palate. Match with
poultry and pork over the next 4 years. Mendoza and clone 15 fruit from
Bridge Pa and the Upper Dartmoor, one-third fermented in barrel,
one-third in a new 9000 L Taransaud oak vat and one-third in
stainless-steel with oak contact to 13.0% alc., the wine undergoing
extensive batonnage and 100% MLF."
5 Stars & 18.5/20 Raymond Chan Wine Reviews