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"A beautifully weighted palate" Wine Orbit

"Vibrantly fruity, with vigorous grapefruit & peach flavours, biscuity, mealy notes" Michael Cooper

Great to pair with savoury dishes such as smoked trout, ceviche, & pungent wash-rind cheeses

Catalina Sounds 'The Sound Of White' Marlborough Chardonnay 2019

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Awarded 5 Stars Awarded 93/100 Points Awarded 93/100 Points Awarded 92/100 Points Awarded 4.5 Stars
Catalina Sounds 'The Sound Of White' Marlborough Chardonnay 2019

Catalina Sounds 'The Sound Of White' Marlborough Chardonnay 2019

Member rating / 1
The Sound of White range was created to celebrate the vineyard, with very little influence from the winemaker...
6 Btls, $167.94 6 Btls, $146.03


Awarded 93/100 Points & 5 Stars

Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, May 2020

Awarded 93/100 Points

Cameron Douglas MS, Feb 2021

Awarded 92/100 Points

Bob Campbell, Master of Wine, Real Review, Feb 2020

Awarded 4.5 Stars

Michael Cooper


  • Youthfully styled
  • Ripe citrus
  • Buttered toast
  • Long finish

"From Catalina's Sounds of White vineyard in the Waihopai Valley. Tangy, fruit-focused chardonnay with green apple, lime, subtle toast and gingery yeast lees characters. A fresh, crisp wine that promises to age well" Bob Campbell, Master of Wine, Real Review, Feb 2020

"An alluring bouquet of smoky oak and baked yellow stone fruits, lees autolysis and apple, brown spices and dry stony minerality. Equally enticing on the palate with flavours that mirror the nose, silky creamy texture with moments of fine wood tannins and medium+ acidity. Balanced and well made, a lovely wine to enjoy upon purchase and through 2025" Cameron Douglas MS, Feb 2021

"Exhibiting a sense of restraint, the wine shows apple, peach, nougat and almond notes on the nose, followed by a beautifully weighted palate that’s flowing and linear. It’s elegantly styled with pristine fruit flavours and fine texture, leading to a prolonged refined finish" Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, May 2020

"The elegant, youthful 2017 vintage was estate-grown and hand-harvested in the Waihopai Valley, and fermented and matured in French oak puncheons. Fragrant, fresh and full-bodied, it is vibrantly fruity, with vigorous grapefruit and peach flavours, biscuity, mealy notes adding complexity, and a long, creamy-textured finish" Michael Cooper

The 2019 Sound of White Chardonnay is a youthful wine that will reward being decanted or cellaring. Best served closer to room temperature, the wine displays ripe citrus, granny smith apple and freshly buttered toast. The palate is precise and well defined by vibrant acidity with perfect texture in the midpalate and a beautiful long finish. Any Chardonnay lover's dream wine!

Only the third release of Sound of White Chardonnay. 2 Ha of 8 year old Sauvignon Blanc was grafted over to Chardonnay (clone B95) in 2013 on a beautiful, clay rich site at Sound of White Vineyard. This strong clay presence provides an inherent richness and density to the fruit, ideal for the style of Chardonnay that the winemakers are aiming to produce.

The 2018/2019 growing season wrapped up with exceptionally clean fruit and low yields that developed excellent concentration and flavour. January through March was hot and dry with little rainfall and combined with the low yields meant harvest started earlier than usual. It also allowed picking decisions to be made in the vineyard on flavour and reaching optimum ripeness. Fermented in 500L puncheons, 15% were new and solely indigenous yeast from the vineyard. 

Enjoy over the next 8+ years in the right conditions.

Food Pairing: Great to pair with savoury dishes such as goats cheese, ceviche, smoked trout and pungent wash-rind cheeses.





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