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Chard Farm

Chard Road, RD1, Queenstown

Cellar Door: Daily (11-5)

Ph: +64 3 442 6110

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The panonoramic vineyards under the cliffs of the Kawarau River Valley (photo courtesy: Chard Farm)

Chard Farm is a small family run winery located near Queenstown and was established in 1987 by Rob and Gregory Hay.

The 20 ha vineyard is located beneath the cliffs of Kawarau River. It has increased its holdings with new vineyards in the Cromwell Basin and sometimes sources fruit from the Marlborough region. The winemaker is John Wallace.

The range includes Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Gewurztraminer but the focus is on the terroir expression of Pinot Noir from a variety of single vineyards or estate-controlled vineyards.

Tasting Notes

There are three types of Tasting notes:

(W) Notes from the winery (blurbs from bottle)

(GXY) Notes from a GenXY wine reviewer

(G) Notes from GenXY's Tasting events (collective opinions)

Chard Farm The Tiger Pinot Noir 2013

Purchased: Not ($A72)

Drink: 2023

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2016, from the Lowburn sub-region, floral, bright and concentrated red cherry and plum with thyme, baking spice and violet notes, also a streak of sweet raspberry, medium bodied with fine chalky tannin and firm acidity (****)

Chard Farm The Viper Pinot Noir 2013

Purchased: Not ($A72)

Drink: 2023

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2016, name is from the  Viper Bugloss flowers that cover the Parkburn area, floral and quite concentrated red cherry and plum with thyme and pepper notes, bright schisty minerality, textural and mouth-coating tannins, firm acidity (****1/2)  

Chard Farm Mata-Au Pinot Noir 2013

Purchased: Not ($A56)

Drink: 2019

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2016, glossy and floral red cherry and plum with tobacco and dried thyme notes, light-medium palate is finely textured but not particularly long, spicy oak and chalky tannins (***1/2)

Chard Farm Central Otago Pinot Gris 2009

Purchased: Not ($A28/$NZ25)

Drink: 2011

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2011, just in the dry range (6.5 gm/l residual sugar), taut, linear and lightly textured but crisp pear, white nectarine and melon with ginger and spice nuances, a lingering flinty wet stone finish and crisp citric acids (****)

Chard Farm Finla Mor Pinot Noir 2007

Purchased: Not ($A50/$37NZ)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: June 2009, from the Lowburn and Parkburn vineyards, floral, clean black cherry and plum with violet, black pepper and and thyme notes, good minerality with long savoury tannins, spicy vanilla oak, focussed with good length (****)

Chard Farm Viper's Vineyard Pinot Noir 2006

Purchased: Not ($55/ $NZ40)

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting: June 2008, from a vineyard near Lake Dunstan, aromatic nose, dense, extractive and spicy style showing blackberry and plum, medium-full bodied, savoury with chalky tannins and creamy coffee-vanilla oak, strong regional expression showing power, length and balance, the name comes from the Viper Bugloss wild flowers that grow near Lake Dunstan (****)

Chard Farm River Run Pinot Noir 2007

Purchased: Not ($40/ $NZ28)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: June 2008, smooth entry level style showing plum and redcurrant with a touch of black cherry and violet, medium bodied with gentle black pepper and cinnamon spice, coffee oak support with fine tannins finishing a little dusty (***1/2)