Cypress White Label Chardonnay, 2016, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand
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Made by a retired US Latino hip hop band. Not really. But this Chard is insane.
Meet Cypress's chardonnay. The tropical nose entices you in quicker than Barry Manilow's Lola, at the hottest spot north of Havana. Citrus, honeyed fruits with some ginger biscuit. If this wine could wear yellow feathers in its hair, and a dress cut down to there, it would.
The Lawson family founded Cypress 16 years ago. The rare hillside vineyard lies in an otherwise incredibly flat landscape. Also, the winery is in the famous Gimblett Gravels sub-region, which has similar soils to the Right Bank of Bordeaux. Here's an interesting fact: New Zealand has a wide variety of climates, which can also be found in the Italian peninsula.