News & Reviews

We love sharing our wines and hearing what people have to say about their Radburnd experience. If you want to let us know your thoughts just tag us in via @radburndcellars. Below is some of our favourite Radburnd wine reviews and stories.


Wine Reviews


Bob Campbell MW

Radburnd Chardonnay 2018, June 2020
95/100 ★★★★★
Concentrated, powerful chardonnay with citrus, tree fruit, peach, struck-flint, mineral, hazelnut and brioche flavours. A seamless, sophisticated wine that’s a pleasure to taste now but promises to develop well with bottle age.  2020-2025
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Radburnd Syrah 2018, September 2020
95/100 ★★★★★
Gently aromatic syrah with roasted chestnut, floral, violet, sweet herbs, raspberry, plum and spicy oak flavours. A supple, elegant wine with appealing sweet fruit and a silken texture. Should develop well with bottle age.  2020–2030

 
Radburnd Merlot Cabernet 2018, September 2020
94/100 ★★★★
Delicately aromatic and seamless red with floral, violet, blackcurrant bud, fresh herbs, raspberry, and spicy flavours. A backbone of fine, drying tannins suggests cellaring potential.  2020–2030

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Wine Folio Review, Radburnd Syrah 2018, July 2020  
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Gourmet Traveller Wine August/September 2020 issue
Radburnd Chardonnay, “Top New Release Wines for NZ Whites”
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Michael Cooper Wine Reviews + Winestate Magazine , Radburnd Chardonnay, August 2020
★★★★★
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Geoff Kelly, 2018 Radburnd Cellars Chardonnay  
18 ½ + ★★★★★
A perfect shining lemon, nearly a hint of green, a great young chardonnay colour.  Bouquet is sweet, ripe, nearly floral, classic young mendoza-clone chardonnay with its hint of yen-ben citrus aromatics, on golden queen peachy fruit.  Below is lees-contact complexity and fragrant yet subtle oak which immediately deepens the bouquet, and draws you in, so you are itching to taste the wine.  Palate is vibrant with fresh acid against good fruit, the acid making the oak a little more noticeable now, but it will marry away.  On taste alone, you almost wonder if it is a non-MLF wine, on the varietal purity of the yellow-fleshed fruit, plus the long natural acid.  Not so.  And the subtlety of the high-solids fraction is superb.  This is a cellaring chardonnay par excellence, like Tony Bish’s Rifleman showing the advantages of the cooler inland districts of Hawkes Bay, for quality chardonnay.  Cellar 10 – 20 years.  Geoff Kelly 06/20  


Lifestyle


Jesse Mulligan Luxury Travel in Hawke’s Bay, wine tasting with Kate, June 2020
"...if you drink chardonnay, you should seek out this one: a rare clone of the varietal, hand-picked and sorted then coaxed into liquid perfection by one of the most accomplished winemakers of her generation..." 
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NZ Wine Magazine Kate Radburnd Career overview,  July 2020

Kate Radburnd grew up in Adelaide with wine-loving parents and tasted her first New Zealand wine in 1982.
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Hawke’s Bay Today, Interview with Kate Radburnd, July 2020
Kate Radburnd is a very patient person. The winemaker knows that good things take time and her 2018 Chardonnay and 2018 Syrah are proof in a bottle that her patience has paid off in a big way.
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