Maison Noire Puketapu Chardonnay 2022

  • An inspired & boutique wine made by French winemaker, Guillaume Thomas
  • Hand picked from the Bridge Pa Triangle region of Hawkes Bay.
  • A savoury, textural Chardonnay with flavours of grapefruit and apricot adorned by spice and subtle nut details.
  • 1 or more bottles
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  • Michael Cooper
    5 points
  • Raymond Chan Wi
    18 points

Editors notes

An inspired and boutique wine made by French winemaker, Guillaume Thomas. Hand picked from the Bridge Pa Triangle region of Hawkes Bay. A savoury, textural Chardonnay with flavours of mandarin, apricot and vanilla, generously lashed with spice and toasty notes. Extremely limited stocks available.


Tasting Profile

  • Light (Light)
    Full (Full)
  • Low Tannin (Low Tannin)
    Tannic (Tannic)
  • Sweet (Sweet)
    Dry (Dry)
  • Low Acidity (Low Acidity)
    High Acidity (High Acidity)
  • Aroma
    • Creamy
    • Mineral
    • Vanilla
  • Palate
    • Peach
    • Pineapple
    • Orange Zest

Food Pairings

  • Cheese
  • Fish
  • Poultry

Critic Scores & reviews

  • Michael Cooper

    "The refined 2022 vintage (5*) is a single-vineyard, hand-picked wine, fermented and matured for a year in French oak casks (30 per cent new). Bright, light lemon/green, it is fresh, full-bodied and savoury, with strong, citrusy flavours, mealy and biscuity notes adding complexity, balanced acidity, and a finely textured, lingering finish. A very ageworthy wine, it's well worth cellaring to mid-2025+."
  • Raymond Chan Wine Reviews

    "Bright, even, pale yellow. The nose is gently full, with aromas of pineapple, stonefruit, citrus and roasted almond butter. Medium-full bodied, aromas of peach and citrus at core, melded with lemon peels, pineapple, roasted almond, burnt butter and spice. Barrel fermentation complexity contributes to palate weight, lees ageing rounded, and broadens with creaminess. The wine has a lovely texture with a lively acid backbone. Match with roasted chicken and grilled fish over the next 3+ years. Fruit from Waimarama Road, barrel fermented to 12.5% alc, aged 12 months in oak."

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New Zealand

The New Zealand wine industry is one of the younger wine regions in the world, whose popularity grew immensely when Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc hit the world wine scene, quite unique in style when compared to the typical French Sancerre.

Wine is successfully cultivated on both the North and South islands from a latitude of 36 degrees in the North to 45 degrees for the most southerly wine region in the world, the South Island's Central Otago. The majority of regions are located in free-draining alluvial valleys except for Waiheke Island and Kawarau Gorge in Central Otago and benefit from the moderating effect of the maritime climate as no vineyard is more than 80 miles from the ocean. With plentiful sunshine hours and cool evening sea breezes, the grapes thrive.

Sauvignon Blanc is the major white variety people will think of when you mention New Zealand Whites, however fantastic Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer and less commonly Viognier, Chenin Blanc and Pinot Blanc. Pinot Noir is the most widely planted red variety in New Zealand although Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot (Bordeaux Blends), Syrah are also grown and in even smaller amounts, Tempranillo and Montepulcianos can too be found. Sparkling wines of very high standards are also made in New Zealand.

The key wine regions in New Zealand include Auckland, Canterbury, Central Otago, Gisborne, Hawke's Bay, Marlborough and Nelson.

Hawkes Bay

New Zealand’s second largest wine region (behind Marlborough), Hawkes Bay is on the east coast of the north island, to the south of Gisborne, and is New Zealand’s leading wine and food tourism destination. Many of the finest wines come out of the Hawkes Bay wine region.

A temperate climate with lots of sun is suited to superb Chardonnays in the whites and also later ripening red varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc (Bordeaux varietals) and Syrah.

A very special sub region in the Hawkes Bay region is the Gimblett Gravels. This sub region was thought to be not even good enough to graze sheep on, but in 1981 was planted under vine and now represents some of the world’s finest full bodied red wines. The unique terroir of the Gimblett Gravels comes from the old Ngaruroro River which until flowed through what is now known as the Gimblett Gravels, dumping gravel and heavy sands. The earthquake of 1931 changed the course of the river, leaving bare 800 hectares of prime new world terroir. Being 15km inland it doesn’t get the cooling sea breezes, so the region can get much hotter than the rest of Hawkes Bay.

Bridge Pa Triangle

About the brand Maison Noire

The brand Maison Noire was established in 2014, with a focus of producing wines where New world meets Old world. "Our Philosophy is to create fine hand crafted wines from vineyards that capture the essence of each variety. To make wine allowing the grapes to express their true character, revealing unique flavours and textures, using traditional winemaking techniques and minimal fining. " From the Loire Valley in France, to a boutique vineyard in Waimarama, Hawke's Bay, Maison Noire is “A French taste of New Zealand”.

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