Responsible Hedonist, Pop a Wheelie White
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Responsible Hedonist, Pop a Wheelie White - 2022

Item # 49714 750mL

Diana Hawkins and Frank Lepera met in Chicago working in fine dining, and moved to New Zealand to pursue winemaking. This slightly cloudy dry white is made entirely from Chardonnay, with aromas of citrus and stone fruits. Pair with salmon pies.

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Wine made from grapes grown without synthetic pesticides, fertilizers and herbicides in the vineyard.

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Staff Pick Notes

The next time someone tells you they don't like Chardonnay pour them a glass of this. This particular bottling comes from Hawke's Bay in New Zealand, so there are less rigid regional rules to follow and no stylistic stereotype, but who cares?! It's delicious! Vinified in stainless steel with native yeasts, the wine is agile and fresh. Lovely floral notes encircle the clean fruit profile, which includes mild citrus, pear and apple. It's organic and vegan friendly, meaning less technical manipulation in the production process. This juice is as joyful to drink as it to cruise around carefree on your bike, so it's no surprise that winemaker Diana Hawkins named it 'Pop a Wheelie.'



New Zealand

Over the past two decades, this tiny island nation has demonstrated that its winemaking ability extends well beyond excellent Sauvignon Blanc. Pinot Noir has found an ideal climate here, as have Riesling and Chardonnay. The relatively cool weather of the South Island (and the southern regions of the North Island) provides the climate that these grapes require in order to develop the right acidity levels. Modern New Zealand wines have incredible depth and all the complexity of their Old World...

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From Champagne to Chablis, it's hard (not to mention unpleasant) to avoid this famous white variety. During a huge popularity surge beginning in the late 1980s, Chardonnay plantings have increased dramatically -- not only in California's wine country, with which the variety is nearly synonymous, but also in Burgundy (its original, Old World home) and just about everywhere else in the winemaking world. It is a flexible, eager-to-please grape, responding well to just about anything a winemaker...

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