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"Succulent & rounded on the palate" Wine Orbit

Rich and concentrated with a balanced acidity

Serve with grilled and roasted seafood and poultry dishes

Sileni Reserve Oaked Hawke's Bay Chardonnay 2018

Member rating / 50+
Elsewhere $21.99 $19.12
6 Btls, $89.94 6 Btls, $78.21
Awarded 4 Stars
Sileni Reserve Oaked Hawke's Bay Chardonnay 2018

Sileni Reserve Oaked Hawke's Bay Chardonnay 2018

Member rating / 50+
The fruit for this Chardonnay were grown mainly in the warm conditions of the Bridge Pa Triangle, producing a wine which is complex, with interest & layers of flavour...
Elsewhere $21.99 $19.12
6 Btls, $89.94 6 Btls, $78.21


Awarded 4 Stars

Sam Kim, Wine Orbit


  • Stone fruit
  • Creamy oak
  • Citrus
  • Balanced acidity

"Ripe stone fruit flavours are beautifully complemented by elegant notes of hazelnut, spiced apple and nougat. It is succulent and rounded on the palate, displaying silky texture and creamy mouthfeel, leading to a lingering juicy finish. Friendly and approachable with attractive tasty flavours. At its best: now to 2021" Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, Oct 2020

Intense aromatics of stone fruit and citrus with beautiful oak and buttery characters. These flow onto a palate that is rich and concentrated with a balanced acidity and long finish.

The fruit for this Reserve Chardonnay were grown mainly in the warm growing conditions of the Bridge Pa Triangle, with a minor component coming from our cooler Mangatahi site. This results in wines that are quite different; tropical and stone fruit characters and rounded palate from the warm site compared with a more citrus, fresher style from the cooler site. This allowed us to blend a wine that has both complexity, interest and layers of flavour.

The grapes were carefully harvested and the juice clarified before going through fermentation in stainless steel tank. The wine was then put through a partial malolactic ferment and underwent a period of oak ageing. At completion of fermentation the wine was aged for a short time on yeast lees with periodic stirring.

In ancient Greece, the Sileni were companions of Dionysus, the god of wine, vineyards and theatre. When there was something to be celebrated, the Sileni were always on hand to encourage enjoyment of delicious food, great wine and social interaction. Named in their honour, Sileni Estates produces a range of wines made to be great collaborators, with a talent for enhancing flavours and textures.


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Love this company/site. Have had some superb mystery wines too.

MJ - 08/05/2021

This as a truly superb wine and great value for money – thoroughly recommend. Cheers Reg

Reg - 10/03/2021

Lovely chardonnay this is our 2 order of it

Jill - 06/02/2021

A very palatable chardonnay.

Ros - 08/12/2020

Great Chardy. Excellent price

Tracy - 07/12/2020

For a person who doesn't usually enjoy ‘Oaked’ Chardonnays - this was a wonderful surprise!! Love it Love it Love it

Sharyn - 12/11/2020

A super Hawkes bay Chardonnay. Great value

Sherrill - 05/11/2020

Just superb for the price.

Tony - 03/11/2020

Will order more

Mary - 27/10/2020

first impressions very good.

Kay - 26/10/2020

A beautiful wine need to save up for more

Ronnie - 26/10/2020

A really good and pleasant oaky Chardonnay. Worth every cent - and some!

Julia - 25/10/2020

As a keen drinker of oaked buttery chardonnays it is rare to find one in this old fashioned style. Superb example and I will be ordering more.

Richard - 27/06/2020

Excellent value for money. Easy drinking will definitely order more

Margaret - 06/06/2020


Colleen - 17/04/2020

a favourite, good value

Carol - 09/05/2021

Lovely mellow taste - just how I like them - would buy again

Jennie - 07/03/2021

Awsome wine for value

Michele - 07/03/2021

Beautiful full bodied chardonnay. Highly recommend.

Jeanine - 15/02/2021

Excellent value Chardonnay

Robert - 01/01/2021

a generous oak flavor

Mike - 15/12/2020

very nice taste of Hawkes Bay

Greg - 27/10/2020

very drinkable however the bottles are ver small

Lindsay - 26/10/2020

VG example of an oaked Chard. Reasonable price.

Britt - 26/10/2020


Ainslie - 25/10/2020

Nice big wine.Not quire the big buttery chard I hoped for

Jim - 25/10/2020

Soft, not too oaky, very easy drinking

Michael - 16/07/2020

Nice chardonnay, good value.

Barrie - 24/06/2020

I really enjoy this wine especially the oak

Kay - 04/05/2020

Very good value wine.

Craig - 03/03/2020

Good quaffing wine

Tony - 03/01/2021

quite light

Lorraine - 07/12/2020

Quite ordinary and not at all memorable

Roger - 27/10/2020

Very nice. Will buy again

Anne - 27/10/2020

Reasonable value for money but a little weak on creamy, notable chardonnay flavours

Alan - 09/07/2020


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