te Pa Reserve St Leonards Chardonnay 2018

  • A refined, sophisticated expression of single vineyard Marlborough fruit from the St. Leonard's vineyard in the Central Wairau Valley sub-region.
  • Lemon meringue and citrus aromatics are supported by primary aromas of peach and fig with subtle jasmine and citrus blossom florals, the palate is beautifully textured, with almond, citrus rind, and spice flavours sprinkled over a core of crème brûlée.
  • Te Pa 'The Reserve Collection' St Leonard's Chardonnay 2018 is a complex and sophisticated wine that is well-balanced and expressive, a perfect wine to enjoy with a variety of foods, such as seafood, poultry, or cheese.
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  • Sam Kim
    96 points
  • Cameron Douglas
    94 points
  • Raymond Chan Wi
    95 points

Editors notes

Te Pa 'The Reserve Collection' St Leonard's Chardonnay 2018 is a New Zealand wine from the Marlborough region. It is made from Chardonnay grapes grown in the St. Leonard's vineyard, which is located in the Central Wairau Valley sub-region.

The wine is a blend of barrel-fermented and stainless steel-fermented juice. It is aged for 12 months in French oak barrels, of which 50% are new.

The wine has a pale straw yellow color. The nose is complex and expressive, with aromas of apple crumble, marzipan, lemon, peach, fig, jasmine, citrus blossom, smoke, vanilla, flint, and caramel. The palate is beautifully textured, with almond, citrus rind, and spice flavors sprinkled over a core of crème brûlée. The wine is full-bodied, with a long, lingering finish.


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
    • Earthy
    • Herbal
    • Red Fruits
  • Palate
    • Cedar
    • Red Cherry
    • Strawberry

Food Pairings

  • Fish
  • Game
  • Poultry

Critic Scores & reviews

  • Sam Kim

    "This is gloriously satisfying; showing grilled peach, lemon peel, vanilla and cedar characters with nuances of brioche and popcorn. The powerfully concentrated palate displays depth and plush mouthfeel, beautifully complemented by creamy texture and juicy acidity. From St Leonard's Vineyard, Central Wairau Valley."
  • Cameron Douglas MS

    "Lovely bouquet with aromas of fresh red apple and vanilla spice, baked custard and peach, smoky barrel scents and brazil nut butter. Full, richly scented and youthful. Equally impactful on the palate with a full-bodied mouthfeel - silky cream texture, warm and generous with a core of white and yellow fruit flavours that reflect the bouquet. Smoke and spices from oak, fine tannins layering in mouthfeel and a roasted nut butter complexity."
  • Raymond Chan Wine Reviews

    "Bright, straw-yellow with some depth, slightly lighter edged. The nose is full, packed with rich aromas of roasted cashews underlined a hint of smoke, barrel spice, melded with lemon meringue. Full-bodied, the palate is vibrant, a taut core of lemon curd, interweave pineapple, apricot aromas, enriched by roasted cashews, citrus peels and vanilla. Lively, integrated acidity provides a vibrant drive, carries spices and emphasised nutty oak details. Subtle chalky texture added to the elegant mouthfeel. This is a harmonious Chardonnay with expressive features of bright fruit and toasty oak on an intense and persistent palate. Match with grilled tiger prawns and chicken with stuffing."

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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.


When it comes to New Zealand wine, the first thought that often comes to mind is Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. This varietal has played a key role in propelling New Zealand onto the world wine stage.

Located in the northern part of the South Island, the region is centered around the town of Blenheim. In the past, the area was primarily used for sheep farming, but that all changed when Montana Wines planted their first vines in 1973. At the time, many believed the region was "too far south to grow good wine," but Marlborough proved them wrong. Although Central Otago has since claimed the title of the southernmost wine region in the country, Marlborough remains one of the most renowned.

The region boasts plenty of sunshine hours, relatively low rainfall, and cool temperatures, creating ideal conditions for producing world-class Sauvignon Blanc. Other white varieties grown in the region include Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer, and Sparkling wines. While Pinot Noir is the dominant red variety grown in the region, it is typically lighter-bodied than those produced in Central Otago or Martinborough.

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